It’s been a while since we heard something new from Brantley Gilbert but our wait is finally over with the release of his new single “What Happens In A Small Town” ft. Lindsay Ell.
With six No. 1’s – “One Hell Of An Amen,” “Country Must Be Country Wide,” “Bottoms Up,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” CMA Awards Song of the Year nominee “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kind of Party” – and an unrelenting live show, Gilbert is very committed to maintaining a high level of truth, passion and intensity to his music. It would take a woman of equal passion and intensity to go toe-to-toe with Gilbert in the studio. Enter Lindsay Ell.
“This song builds and burns,” Gilbert says. “It really has that want for someone you can’t have, and having to live in all the places they are. I wanted to have someone on the record who could match those feelings, to really push the song. It’s not just any female singer who makes sense, and we knew that. But Lindsay is a whole other kind of artist, and she understands that power.”
For Gilbert, the song definitely has a ring of truth to it as he went through a breakup and eventually a reconciliation with his now wife, Amber.
“Songs that come from your life just have another kind of power,” Gilbert said. “People can hear the difference, and they know. For this song, obviously I’m not the only guy–or girl–who’s been there, but I’m lucky and blessed enough to have been able to put it back together.”
The song was written by Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Josh Dunne and Rhett Akins, was produced by Dann Huff and features Ell on guitar.