Brantley Gilbert Takes Jesse Addy Behind the Scenes of 'Fire & Brimstone'

"It's hard to call something real that don't tell the whole truth."

October 8, 2019

Jefferson, GA native Brantley Gilbert is back on the scene with a new studio album, Fire & Brimstone, as well as a brand new baby number 2 with his wife Amber. 

New York's Country 94.7's Jesse Addy got a chance to sit down in the RADIO.COM Theater with Brantley while he was in New York City to get a little insight into the new record and his growing family.

See Also: Brantley Gilbert Drops Fifth Studio Album 'Fire & Brimstone'

Brantley Gilbert in the RADIO.COM Theater with Jesse Addy
(Photo: Joe Cingrana/WNSH)

"Man, it's amazing," Brantley said about all of the good news in his life at the moment. "My wife is the rock star right now, being at home with both of them. I miss 'em like crazy, and we're wearing the road out out here and staying busy but, she's really slinging some work back home... she's momming it up."

Fire & Brimstone is Brantley's fifth studio album which once again follows along with his stories of family and faith -- a process that surely gets easier each time around. Brantley says that each of his albums and the songwriting process that went into them are special in their own ways. "This one was fun, man. The creative vibe was unbelievable and it really went throughout the entire process whether it was in the writing room or the studio.

"We went to California and recorded a few just to get us outside the box. (Producer) Mike Elizondo's studio used to be Death Row's so I did like four vocals, including "Hazeville," in Tupac's original vocal booth. Even for a country dude, I thought that was awesome."

"Welcome To Hazeville" is a trippy track (to say the least) that Brantley wrote along with Willie and Lukas Nelson and Colt Ford. No, it's not a pro-bullying song like Jesse Addy had assumed by the title, but it certainly is pro-something. Let's just say it's a "pro-chill" song with that laid back vibe.

The track has yet to be performed live by the group, but Brantley says that should be happening soon. They're saving it for his 'Kick it In The Ship' cruise that's running from November 4-8 from Miami to Cozumel.

Brantley Gilbert in the RADIO.COM Theater with Jesse Addy
(Photo: Joe Cingrana/WNSH)

Fans know Brantley as a lighthearted and fun kind of guy, but on his records he shows parts of his personality that you perhaps wouldn't expect. 

"I think it's a part of what a lot of men like me don't share," Brantley admits. "Songwriting to me is the truest form of expression, outside of prayer. If I'm telling people I'm the 'what you see is what you get guy,' then I better dang sure be that guy. If I don't include those things, then the whole thing's a lie.

"It's hard to call something real that don't tell the whole truth."

Watch the full interview with Jesse and Brantley above, and see the video for his latest single, "What Happens In a Small Town" featuring Lindsay Ell, and the lyric video for album's title track below.