If you’re going to enlist the help of a couple friends for the title track of your new album, it doesn’t get much better than Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss.
Penned solely by Gilbert himself, “Fire & Brimstone” tells the redemptive story a man that walks back into a church for the first time in a long time. Nursing a hangover, garnering judgmental stares from every pew, he works up the courage to walk down to the alter, and to his surprise, many from the congregation follow him down there to pray. He arises, a man of restored faith.
“As a man, very seldom do I talk about many things that are more than skin deep,” says Gilbert of the new record. “As a songwriter and as an artist, I feel like the best way to represent myself is to be transparent––to write that story––and to write about things that maybe even I’m not comfortable talking about.”
It’s heavy, it’s deep, it’s powerful, and with the stellar background vocals of Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss, it’s arguably the new album’s shining star.