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Editors’ Notes

It could be argued that had Jason Aldean not landed some chart-toppers with songs written by Brantley Gilbert, the Georgia native might not have had the chance to record this debut album. But after listening to A Modern Day Prodigal Son, it can be argued that talent this raw rarely flies under the radar for long. Right from the opening tune, “Freshman Year,” it’s obvious that Gilbert isn’t as interested in playing by Nashville’s rules as he is in writing the kinds of catchy country songs that fit his buttery tenor like a worked-in pair of blue jeans. “What’s Left of a Small Town” is white-picket-fence twang at its best, replete with a nostalgic narrative incorporating the bittersweet nod to the inevitability of change. “G.R.I.T.S.” (an acronym for Girls Raised in the South) reveals Gilbert’s admiration for strong women. The album’s title track is a gripping ballad where Gilbert’s confessional lyrics are accompanied by a less-is-more backing of guitar and piano, giving the song a stark feel and a clear window into the man’s vulnerability.

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LOVE it!!!

I'm a huge Brantley fan and so glad iTunes finally got some of his older stuff that got me hooked!! :)

Great stuff

Best bargain on iTunes! Great artist great songs. Just the beginning of this guys fame i have no doubt.


BG is the man! The songs play me that song, freshmen year, Friday night and whenever we're alone are must haves


Born: January 20, 1985 in Jefferson, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although it's tempting to call Brantley Gilbert a country artist -- he certainly embraces the outlaw country side of things -- in many ways his music is closer to the heartland sentiments of artists like John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, and perhaps most apt, Steve Earle. Gilbert was born in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, just outside of Athens. He grew up hearing country music, but he also listened to a lot of Athens rock bands like R.E.M. and the B-52's, plus the swaggering Southern rock...
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