Brantley Gilbert clearly embraces outlaw country but also evokes - the feel of songwriters like John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen. Born in a small town in Georgia, he listened to a lot of country music, but he was also heavily influenced by bands like R.E.M. and the B-52's and Southern rock of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd. He is a prolific songwriter. Relocating to Nashville, he signed with Warner Chappell Publishing (his songs have been recorded by Jason Aldean and Colt Ford) and began working on an album. Modern Day Prodigal Son finally appeared in 2009 and when Gilbert signed with Big Machine's Valory Music imprint in 2011, the label reissued Halfway to Heaven. The album generated singles Country Must Be Country Wide and You Don't Know Her Like I Do both of which topped the U.S. country chart and went platinum. In 2013, Gilbert began working on a new studio project with producer Dann Huff. Bottoms Up, the first single from these sessions, became Gilbert's biggest hit to date reaching number one on the charts and selling a million+ copies. In May of the same year (2014), single Just as I Am climbed to number one on the Billboard country chart and number two in the Top 200 eventually reaching platinum status on the coattails of hits Small Town Throwdown, One Hell of an Amen, and Stone Cold Sober. He recently (summer of 2016) released The Weekend, - the first offering from his third album.