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Brantley Gilbert

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Brantley Gilbert was born and raised in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, just outside the Athens city limits. It is that upbringing and small-town influence Brantley credits for cultivating his unique sound. With well-known rock bands REM and the B-52s having roots nearby, Brantley’s taste in music always swayed toward a rock feel, but his true-to-life testimony of heartache, trials, triumph and success found a home in country music. Brantley quickly realized that his acoustic shows—however intimate—didn’t satisfy his audience’s thirst for his rock-infused country music. In order to meet their demand, Brantley formed a band. “We went from these acoustic shows to a bona fide country-rock-soul show that is wide open,” says Gilbert. “Even when we play a ballad it’s high energy.”