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Brantley Gilbert's RAM Truck In Auction Benefitting Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans

Posted by Administrator on February 7, 2013 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Brantley Gilbert is one of five country stars auctioning off their Ram trucks for the Road to the Ram Jam campaign, and it's all for a good cause.  Billy Currington, Easton Corbin and Zac Brown Band are also taking part in the charity auction on Ebay.  Last week, Kellie Pickler raised more than $36,000 for her charity, the USO Warrior and Family Care program from the auction of the truck she had been driving. 

Brantley has been driving a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn for the past year, and that truck is now up for bid at as part of the Road to the Ram Jam All-Star Country Music Series.  Brantley made sure to take good care of the truck, though he tells ABC News Radio, “We’ve had it in a mud hole or two, and it’s done some donuts.  But it’s still in perfect condition.”  In order to keep the truck in great shape, Brantley wouldn’t allow smoking or dogs in the vehicle.  He says, “You know, I’ve got a pitbull.  I may or may not have kept that rule, but I hope I broke it in well for ‘em.”

Proceeds from the sale of Brantley’s truck will go to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, or IAVA.  That organization helps soldiers find work and education when they get out of the service, and Brantley supports military-related causes like this because of his cousin, who is currently serving as a Marine.

I definitely, definitely support ‘em,” Brantley says.  “I miss my boy too.  I’m ready for him to come home, so this is my way of kind of keeping in contact.



Mountain Dew & Brantley Gilbert Bring Rebel Country To The DEW Nation

Posted by Administrator on February 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Photo Credit: Justin Nolan Key

Mountain Dew is tapping into its southern roots and welcoming one of country music's hottest emerging acts, Brantley Gilbert, into the DEW family. Embracing the brand's Tennessee history and one-of-a-kind flavor, the new partnership is a perfect fit with the hit singer/songwriter's high-energy live shows and authentic lyrics.

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) New Male Vocalist nominee has sold over 3.5 million tracks to date from both his debut album, 'A Modern Day Prodigal Son', as well as his current, Gold-certified 'Halfway To Heaven Deluxe' (The Valory Music Co.). Gilbert has scored four #1 hits, including the GOLD-certified smashes "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" and "Country Must Be Country Wide." After playing to over 500,000 fans last year while on the road with Eric Church and Toby Keith, Gilbert kicked off the second leg of his first-ever headlining dates – Hell On Whells Tour – on January 31.

"I have been a fan of Mountain Dew for as long as I can remember," said Brantley. "I'm honored to be able to partner up with the DEW family for some exciting projects this year."

"Being part of the DEW family means making a style that's all your own, and never conforming to a traditional mold," said Greg Lyons, Mountain Dew's VP of Marketing. "Brantley exemplifies all that DEW stands for – making country music that is true to its rebel roots, in very much the same way that the brand stays true to its own.  We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Brantley into the DEW Nation, and hope our fans will join us in helping him rock."

Join Mountain Dew in helping Gilbert bring home the New Male Vocalist title by clicking here. Fans can vote one time per day, through February 4, 2013 at 3 p.m. Central.

For more information about Mountain Dew, visit or join the conversation at @mtn_dew #IVOTEDFORBG or #BGNation.


Brantley Gilbert & Jana Kramer Talk About Recent Engagement

Posted by Administrator on February 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Photo courtesy of Jana Kramer

Brantley Gilbert proposed to girlfriend and fellow country singer Jana Kramer last month and chose the legendary Ryman Auditoriium as the setting for his proposal.  He talked about proposing recently during a radio interview and about why he chose the Ryman as the place where he would propose. 

We always said if it weren’t for country music we never would have met,” says Brantley.

We met at the CMT Awards June 6 [in 2011], and I was actually going to propose to her on June 6. I told my mom about it and she let me in in a little information. She and my dad are divorced, and they had gotten married on June 6. And it’s also doomsday. So I decided not to do it [on that day].”

As you can see,” he continues, “we kinda moved up the proposal. I couldn’t wait.”

On top of that, “we love the whole Johnny and June story,” he says, referring to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. During this part of the interview, one of the interviewers called Brantley out for showing his “softer side”, to which he admitted “a little bit of that side might be peeking through, which is rare, I don’t give much of it.”

As for the Ryman, “that’s where they met,” he says, referring to Johnny and June. “And it’s just a special place to us.”

Brantley also talked about his life with Jana, including how often they argue (“we really don’t fight that much”, who “cracks the whip” in the relationship (Brantley says the answer is written right on the back of his hat - which says "BOSS"), who takes longer to get ready (no surprise there), and who is messier (that one might surprise you).

Jana gave her version of the proposal in a separate radio interview: 

He surprised me so much,” Jana said of the engagement. “It was actually his birthday when he proposed. He had blindfolded me — and I thought, ‘Why are you blindfolding me?’” Then, she says, “he took me to the Ryman Auditorium. And he was like, ‘We always talk about how if it wasn’t for country music we never would have met. About 30 steps to our right is where Johnny [Cash] and June met.’ And he’s always idolized that love story.”

Then he turned me around, he was down on one knee, and he asked me to marry him!”

So did she cry? “Oh my gosh…yeah.” And did he also cry? “He did,” Jana admitted.  Brantley also asked her Mom for permission prior to proposing. 

In spite of their busy schedules, the two have discussed a date and it sounds like it has been set for 2013.  “We had like two weekends that we were able to do it this year.” And yes, Jana admits, “we have planned it, but we’re not going to tell anybody.

Brantley Gilbert’s latest single is “More Than Miles,” and Jana Kramer’s is “Whiskey.” Both are also in the running for the ACM’s fan-voted category of New Artist of the Year (cast your vote here).

In case you haven't seen the stunning 5 carat engagement ring that Brantley designed, here it is.

Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert & Chris Young Among Recepients Of CMA Triple Play Award

Posted by Administrator on January 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Back row (l-r): CMA Board President, Ed Hardy; Neil Thrasher; Rodney Clawson; Ben Hayslip; CMA Chief Executive Officer, Steve Moore; Josh Kear; CMA Board Chairman, Troy Tomlinson; and Brantley Gilbert. Front row (l-r): Eric Paslay; Dierks Bentley; Shane McAnally; and Chris Young. Photo by Donn Jones/CMA.

Dierks Bentley, Chris Young and Eric Church were among a dozen songwriters honored at the annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon held January 29 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville.  They were each presented with the CMA Triple Play Award honoring songwriters who pen three chart-topping hits in a 12-month period.  Award recepients attending the luncheon were Dierks Bentley, Rodney Clawson, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Hayslip, Josh Kear, Shane McAnally, Eric Paslay, Neil Thrasher, and Chris Young.

People from all over the world recognize that Nashville is not only Music City, but the epicenter of the songwriting community,” Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, said. “CMA celebrates this important membership group. The presentation of the Triple Play Awards is just another example of CMA’s commitment to honoring the creators of song.”

Nashville is legendary for its songwriters and CMA is proud to recognize this important segment of our industry,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “It is an honor to present these songwriters and songwriting artists with the Triple Play Award and acknowledge this incredible accomplishment and their significant contributions to our format.”

Considering my love for Country Music and my lifelong dream to have songs on the radio, I am blown away by the idea that I would have a No. 1 at all, much less three in one year,” said Shane McAnally


I’m so grateful to be a part of the Nashville family,” Eric Paslay said of receiving the honor. “One of my biggest dreams was to have a song on Country radio. Getting a No. 1 was sugar on top. Being honored by the CMA with a Triple Play Award has made 2012 the sweetest year of my life so far!”

Troy Tomlinson presented a $250,000 donation from the CMA Foundation to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation to help construct the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at the new Music City Center.

Recipients of CMA’s Triple Play Award:

Dierks Bentley: “Am I The Only One,” “Home,” “5-1-5-0”

Rodney Clawson: “Drink On It,” “Drunk On You,”“Take A Little Ride”

Eric Church: “Drink In My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Creepin’”

Brantley Gilbert: “Dirt Road Anthem,” “Country Must Be Country Wide” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”

Ben Hayslip: “Honey Bee,” “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”

Dave Haywood: “Just A Kiss,” “We Owned The Night,” “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”

Josh Kear: “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” “Drunk On You,” “Blown Away”

Charles Kelley: “Just A Kiss,” “We Owned The Night.” “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”

Shane McAnally: “Alone With You,” “Come Over,” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

Eric Paslay: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” “Angel Eyes”

Neil Thrasher: “Tattoos On This Town,” “Banjo,” “Fly Over States”

Chris Young: “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “You”

Rising Singer/Songwriter Brian Davis Hits The Road Again With Brantley Gilbert

Posted by Administrator on January 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Rising singer/songwriter Brian Davis has been invited back out on the road again for the 2013 “Hell On Wheels Tour” by his friend and frequent songwriting partner Brantley Gilbert. Davis will open for the Valory Music Company headliner and MCA Nashville rising star Kip Moore. This leg of the tour kicks off January 31 in Independence, MO.

“I am really excited to be rolling back out with Brantley Gilbert and having the opportunity to KICK OFF the PARTY every night on the ‘Hell On Wheels Tour’ as well as sharing the stage with Kip Moore,” said Brian Davis. “We had such a great time meeting so many cool fans out on the first leg of the tour. I can only imagine how crazy this next one's gonna be!”

From the time he was six years old growing up in North Carolina, Brian Davis was watching and learning from his father and grandfather who played the honky-tonks all across his home state. At the age of eight he got the gig of a lifetime tuning guitars for his two heroes. His mother wasn’t too thrilled with her middle child hanging out in honky-tonks, but to her credit, she didn’t discourage his pursuit of his passion. His passion brought him to Nashville and began pursuing his own country music career. Like the early days in North Carolina on the road with his two heroes he found himself meeting another hero and beginning the “apprenticeship” of a lifetime. He had the opportunity of meeting and working with THE songwriting legend Harlan Howard. Davis began honing his craft of songwriting and continued hitting the road building a solid and loyal fan base. He has toured with Brantley Gilbert on his 2012 “Hell On Wheels Tour” and is back out with Gilbert on the 2013 tour. Davis has recorded a total of six albums and released them on his own. His current album UNDER THE INFLUENCE is available on iTunes.

“Hell On Wheels Tour 2013”

January 31 Independence, MO Independence Events Center

February 1 Lincoln, NE Pershing Center

Feb 2 Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center

Feb 8 Corbin, KY The Corbin Arena

Feb 9 Morgantown, WV West Virginia Coliseum

Feb 15 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena

Feb 16 Chattanooga, TN UTC McKenzie Arena

Feb 22 Tulsa, OK Spirit Bank Event Center

April 18 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum

April 19 Tupelo, MS Bancorp Arena

April 20 Pikeville, KY East Kentucky Exposition Center

April 26 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center

April 27 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center

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Brantley Gilbert & Jana Kramer Are Engaged

Posted by Administrator on January 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Country star Brantley Gilbert received the best gift ever in the form of an enthusiastic "Yes!" when girlfriend, One Tree Hill actress and country singer Jana Kramer, accepted his proposal of marriage in Nashville on Sunday, his 28th birthday.


"We could not be happier!" the couple tell PEOPLE exclusively in a statement from their rep. "We are so excited to share this special time with our loved ones and cannot wait to start the rest of our lives together."

The couple, who are both nominated in the best new vocalist categories at this year's ACM awards have been dating about a year.


Gilbert proposed in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium Theater, which he rented out for the day. It is also the site of the former Grand Ole Opry stage, where iconic country couple Johnny Cash and June Carter met.


"I was so surprised!" admits Kramer, 29. "He asked my mom for permission before he proposed, which meant a lot to me."