Brantley Gilbert is one of those country acts that can do no wrong. He’s already seen success as a songwriter for Jason Aldean‘s hits ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ and ‘My Kinda Party’ and now his own singles are topping the charts. His first top hit Country Must Be Country Wide introduced the world to Brantley and his follow-up single, a ballad about retracting to past loves, is headed straight to the top.
Catherine Lane had a chance to talk to the rugged country star early this morning about the success of his new single ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do’ and what the success means to him and his family. Plus, what accessory does Brantley love so much he showers with it?
His current single has hit already hit #3 on the US Country charts and the music video has topped at over a million views but he doesn’t plan on stopping now. “It’s a great feeling, it makes you feel accomplished a little bit,” he said about his song making top five on the music charts. But with such a relatable song, it’s easy to see why it’s making waves in the country scene. “I wrote that song… she and I were together on and off for a long time and when we were off I mean, we were off,” Brantley explained. “And we took a lot of crap from both sides and people telling us ‘maybe you guys aren’t good for each other’. The song is about hanging in there with her and trying to make it work. Looking back, hindsight is 20/20 and I probably should have listened,” he admits, now that the two of them are broken up for good.
Life is all about learning lessons for Brantley and none of his songs can be written without him having experienced them firsthand. Maybe there will be a song about his occasional forgetfulness in the shower. No, nothing too bad but he did share a funny story about his shower habits. “Occasionally, this is no lie, I wear this [baseball hat] so much it’s like a body part. I got in the shower and didn’t even notice it was on until the water hit it.” With over 20 baseball hats in his collection, there was no love lost with the new wet accessory. His favorite? A black cap with BHM on the back of it that he wears everywhere.
Before Brantley went back to building his home in Georgia for him and his brothers, Catherine asked how he felt about the sad news that Andy Griffith passed away earlier this morning.
“It’s definitely a sad day across the country,” he admits. “I think that show… meant a lot to people.”