Brantley Gilbert To Release ‘The Devil Don’t Sleep’ Jan. 27

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Brantley Gilbert will release his third project for BMLG’s The Valory Music Co., The Devil Don’t Sleep, on Jan. 27.

“A lot has happened,” Brantley says. “And anyone who knows me knows that every album is another chapter of my life. Even though it’s my life, even though some of what I write about is very specific to what happens to me, I think the challenges, the places where we figure things out are all the same – no matter what we’re facing, realizations all mean the same things.”

Gilbert says despite the celebratory tone of the album’s first single, “The Weekend,” The Devil Don’t Sleep explores an admonitory theme, as the title suggests temptation is a constant reality for many.

“By now, everyone knows the story turned out okay for me,” Brantley says. “But the truth is there’s always temptation, there’s always something – whether it’s work or substances or gambling or whatever – that can pull you off the path. For me, thankfully, I got through it, got the girl back, got to keep my career moving.”

The album features 16 tracks on the regular disc, with 10 more tracks on the deluxe version. The deluxe version captures the roots of his songwriting and live shows.

“Trying to get the whole story on the album was a little more than we’d bargained for,” Brantley says. “We tried every which way, but in the end, it seemed like we needed to do the straight-up record. But then for the folks who really go deep, I wanted to give them a piece of the last year on the road. We recorded live at Red Rocks at the end of the tour, and you can feel how hard they rocked. And I wanted that on this record.”

Brantley’s penchant for honest, transparent songwriting has proved a successful move. He has earned consecutive platinum albums with Halfway To Heaven and Just As I Am, and six No. 1 singles, including “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” and “Bottoms Up,” as well as songs he has penned for other artists such as Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” and “My Kind of Party.”

“Life isn’t just chapters,” explains the songwriter/rocker. “What happens before influences what happens next. Not always the way you’d expect. Sometimes you don’t even see it ‘til later. But with these CDs, I feel like it’s the story and then more of the story. You know, depending on how deep you want to go, it’s a way to understand the journey to The Devil Don’t Sleep.

 

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