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Brantley Gilbert at DTE; 5 things to know
Brantley Gilbert has every reason to utter "One Hell of an Amen" these days.
The country star and Georgia native has been on a career ascent since his debut album, "Modern Day Prodigal Son," came out in 2009, and since he wrote hits ("My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem") for Jason Aldean. His third album, "Just As I Am," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, and he has four chart-topping country singles to his credit, including the aforementioned "...Amen."
This summer he's on the road with his Take It Outside Tour, offering his biggest production yet, and he's even starting to sneak out some new material -- including the new single "The Weekend" -- that will presumably end up on his fourth album.
Success has given Gilbert, 31, a different perspective on his career. "I feel like there used to be a lot of long-term goals in my life," he notes by phone from Los Angeles, "but at this piont I think as an organization and as a band we kinda make daily goals. It's more day to day, more short-term than anything. That really helps with motivation and really keeps us in check. It keeps us constantly moving forward instead of being kind of dormant for a minute. Our wheels are constantly churning."
The same could be said of Gilbert's songwriting. "I'm always writing. That's a continuous process," he says. "And if we're not in the studio recording, I'm always working on the next chapter, either living or writing the next one, so it's fun. When I sit down to write a song, I don't sit down to write a country song or a rap song or an R&B song; I try to write the best song for the moment."
He's not putting any undue pressure on himself for another album, however, even more than two years after "Just As I Am. "We're just being patient right now and diligent at the same time, writing every chance I get and writing with a purpose," he says. "And when I know I've got it, it'll come out. I just go with a gut feeling. There's a lot more time in between our releases than there are for a lot of acts in country music, and a lot of that has to do with the fact I do write everything."
Gilbert is also happy to be an open book for fans through his songs. "I feel like I need to put the good, the bad, the ugly...every chapter of my life on these records," he acknowledges. "I'm married. I'm four years sober now, a lot of different things in my life are changing. Does that mean I've got to change the music or the way I sound? No. I'm living a good bit differently, not quite a loud, but when my life takes a turn or I take a turn personally, the music just kind of does what it does. Things that I go through in my life end up indirectly on that piece of paper."
Gilbert says that the show he's taken out this year -- first in arenas and during the summer in amphitheaters -- definitely incorporates lessons he learned while touring with headliners such as Tim McGraw and Kenney Chesney. "Every single person I've ever watched play a show in my life, they have something to learn," he says. "If you watch them continuously as the tour goes on, you watch them and learn to do things differently. It's all a learning process if we have the time to step aside and actually watch sidestage and learn."
Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Colt Ford
7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.
Tickets are $75 and $49.50 pavilion, $33 lawn with a $99 lawn four-pack.
Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.
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