Brantley Gilbert's "Fire & Brimston:" New at Nine

"This record is kind of just about being comfortable in your own skin in spite of judgment."

October 3, 2019
Brantley Gilbert

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Album releases become available for download Fridays at midnight East Coast Time. Since that's 9pm Thursday night West Coast Time, every Thursday night, Pepper picks her two favorite songs from the new country albums and plays them on K-Frog for New at Nine! Here are her picks for this week.

As Brantley Gilbert sets his fifth studio album out into the world, he's noticing a pattern with his albums. 

“All of my albums are chapters of my life, and all my albums have a spiritual or faith-based title," he shares in a statement from his label. "There’s a reason for that. You know, I’m a lot of things. I’m rough around the edges, to say the least. Even being a married dad, you know, I still hang out with a rough crowd. Those are my people, but my one true north has always been my faith, and my wife and I have that in common, and this record is kind of just about being comfortable in your own skin in spite of judgment.

"I live a conscious-based life, meaning, you know, if I can go to bed at the end of the night and say I was best dad I knew how to be today, I was the best husband I knew how to be today, and I treated folks the best way I knew how today, then it’s a win. And trying to look at everybody else the same way you know. And just being open and comfortable in your own skin and realizing that there’s a lot of people that won’t be fans of that and that’s okay. Just be the best version of you that you know how to be.”

He also notes that every album is a reflection of where he's at in his life. “Being a husband or dad, of course, I think it’s going to follow this chapter of my life. So you’ll hear a lot about my wife, a lot about my son, just a lot about, really, where my head’s at. It’s like, you can listen to that record front to back and you can kinda tell where I’m at as a man and as a husband and as a dad, and it kind of gives you a little of the background on how I got there, and it’s just kind of a heart on my sleeve thing. Here you are.”

Here are the songs I played from Fire & Brimstone for New at Nine tonight:

1. What Happens In a Small Town (with Lindsay Ell)

2. Not Like Us