Brantley Gilbert describes his brand of country music as New Southern Rock, but his influences are wide and varied. As he enjoys success of his own, he finds it a little mind boggling that he gets to spend time with some of the artists he’s looked up to for years. “I love nineties country,” he said. “I met John Michael Montgomery a while back and I’ve always been a huge fan of his. I’m actually getting to write with Rhett Akins now and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s kinda surreal.”
It’s not just specific artists who serve as influences, but music in general inspires Brantley. “A lot of people ask me who my influences are and I really can’t put my finger on one,” he said. “Everything I’ve ever listened to, I think there’s something in there, at least one aspect of that piece of work and that piece of art that you could take away that motivates or drives you.”
Brantley took a little time off for the holidays, but he’s gearing up to hit the road with Eric Church on the Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour which kicks off January 19 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Brantley’s latest single, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” is at radio now.