And just one day later, he announced that in one week we’ll be getting a brand new album to go along with the new song.
The album is titled So Help Me God, which seems pretty appropriate considering his new song mentions heaven, and releases on November 10th.
It will feature “So Help Me God” along with a handful of new songs, in addition to Gilbert’s more recent releases like: “Son of the Dirty South” with Jelly Roll, “Rolex on a Redneck” with Jason Aldean, and “The Worst Country Song of All Time” with Toby Keith and Hardy.
“I’ve always taken a little longer than most artists, especially in this genre, to put an album out and that’s partly to do with me being a perfectionist.
But we’ve been looking forward to getting this album out for a long time. I’ve been blessed to sit down with some of the best writers in the country, and I feel like we’ve written some wonderful stuff.”
Considering the fact the “The Worst Country Song of All Time” is included and that the new snippet for “Heaven By Then” has him mentioning country music without country in it, one theme we can expect on the album is the way that country music on the radio . . . doesn’t always sound very country.
Ironic, coming from the artist who sings the song “Rolex on a Redneck,” but hey, we’re all full of complexities.
And Brantley Gilbert’s discography is certainly complex. He’s got songs like “Bottoms Up” and “Small Town Throwdown” that are… certainly songs.
But he also has songs like “Saving Amy,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” and “A Modern Day Prodigal Son” that are some emotionally heavy hitters.
Seriously, “Saving Amy” is criminally underrated and is up there with “Whiskey Lullaby” and “Travelin’ Soldier” as some of my go-to sad country songs.
So, I’m definitely crossing my fingers that the new songs we’re getting are more aligned with his emotional tracks and less with his party tracks.
But I like self-loathing and sadness in my country music…
That being said, Gilbert takes a different approach on this one:
“In the past, my albums were almost direct reflections, direct chapters of my life. Whatever I’d gone through since I wrote the last record would make its way onto the new album.
There’s still some of that with ‘So Help Me God’ since I’m a co-writer on all the songs… but I feel like this album is more of a mixtape of great songs. We wanted to put songs that sounded good together, but also songs that covered a wide variety of genre influences. There’s a lot of different songwriting styles on the album.”
We’ll see… Brantley is always good for one or two that tug at the heartstrings… but when he’s bad… he’s BAD.
“Heaven By Then” with Blake Shelton featuring Vince Gill (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell, Randy Montana, “Hunger Phelps, Taylor Phillips)
“Rolex On A Redneck” featuring Jason Aldean (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Michael Hardy, Randy Montana, Taylor Phillips)
“Miles of Memories” (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Josh Phillips)
“She’s The One” (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Taylor Phillips)
“The Worst Country Song Of All Time” featuring Toby Keith and HARDY (Brantley Gilbert, Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Will Weatherly)
“Son Of The Dirty South” featuring Jelly Roll (Brantley Gilbert, Andrew Baylis, Jason Bradley DeFord)
“How To Talk To Girls” (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Brian Wayne Davis, Brandon Day, Chase McGill, Josh Phillips, Taylor Phillips, Michael Ray)
“Little Piece of Heaven” (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Greylan James, Taylor Phillips, Cole Taylor)
“Gone But Not Forgotten” (Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Jason Blaine, Jay Brunswick)
“So Help Me God” (Brantley Gilbert, Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Will Weatherly)