The Devil Don’t Sleep – Brantley Gilbert
Gilbert stays true to his sound with his new record The Devil Don’t Sleep. I’ve been interested to hear what’s next from Brantley Gilbert for awhile now. (It’s been nearly three years since the release of his last album, Just As I Am.) If you haven’t been too much of a fan of Gilbert’s music up to this point, don’t expect your heart to change if you listen through The Devil Don’t Sleep.
They say BG was the pilot of the bro-country era, penning a few early bro-country hits before performing and releasing his own music. With bro-country fading into the past, Gilbert fuels his music with more of a rock edge. There’s a little more punch to this album. Similar in style to previous releases, “Hell On Wheels” and “If You Want A Bad Boy.”
One thing I really like about BG is he releases a record when he has something to say. He’s not one of those that’ll just put together a record and rush it out to fans. He takes his time, lets his work mature. When the the next chapter of his life has finished, he’ll put together new material encompassing that period of time. He says, “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.’”
When you think about it, Halfway to Heaven showed the adventurous side of Gilbert’s life. (Songs like, “Hell on Wheels,” “Bending the Rules and Breaking the Law,” and “Kick It In The Sticks.”) Just As I Am told the story of guiding yourself through missteps in life and learning who you are as a result of those experiences. (Songs like, “One Hell Of An Amen,” “17 Again,” “My Faith In You,” and “Lights Of My Hometown.” The Devil Don’t Sleep is a period sobriety and the discipline it taken to stay on the straight and narrow path.
Gilbert even looked to fellow country superstar Keith Urban for support during a difficult period. In an interview with The Tennessean he says, “I told (Keith), I don’t think I can do my job. I don’t know if I can ever play a song at my shows without being (messed) up.” Gilbert went on to say he was worried his songwriting wouldn’t be the same as a sober man and that he feared it wouldn’t be up to par to maintain his place in country music.
BG co-wrote all 16 tracks in this new collection. Some of my favorite tracks on The Devil Don’t Sleep include, “Rockin’ Chairs,” “Tried To Tell Ya,” “Outlaw In Me,” “The Devil Don’t Sleep,” and “The Ones That Like Me.”
It took a minute for me to adjust, but I have grown quite fond of the first single off the record called, “The Weekend.” I also really enjoy the tracks “It’s About To Get Dirty,” and “Bro Code” even though I’ve read several reviews that say they’re the worst tracks on the record. I say it might be an acquired taste. But it’s fun to hear Gilbert having some fun with his music. You can’t always be too serious.
At the request of the fans, the deluxe edition of the album included five unreleased demo tracks. Including my all time favorite song in the entire world, “You Promised.” Also included, on the “blue” deluxe edition, five live tracks.
Gilbert will be hitting the road on the Devil Don’t Sleep Tour beginning on February 2. The trek will take him from Pennsylvania to Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and California to name a few. He’ll be making a stop later this summer at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Jct., VT.
Until I get the album audio posted through Spotify, enjoy the lead single off The Devil Don’t Sleep and check out the behind the scenes video!