Halfway to Heaven

Halfway to Heaven

by Brantley GilbertBrantley Gilbert


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It wouldn't be out of line to call Brantley Gilbert a country rocker or an outlaw country artist, but don't let those terms conjure nostalgic images of Willie and Waylon in your head, because they mean something different when applied to Gilbert's generation of Nashville rebels. For one thing, he's nobody's cowboy -- in an industry where image tells all, Gilbert's leather jacket, motorcycle, and close-shaved cranium make him look more likely to pal around with Rancid than with Tim McGraw, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. While Gilbert has cited the influence of fellow Georgians R.E.M. and the B-52's, these inspirations are inaudible on his second album, Halfway to Heaven. A more accurate assessment of his musical roots is made on his Southern pride anthem "Kick It In the Sticks," where he shouts out "AC/DC, Hank, Skynyrd, and George Strait" over huge, hard-rocking riffs worthy of the first name on that list. Exactly which Hank he's referring to is uncertain, because with an artist like Gilbert, it's just as likely to be the second or even the third. Of course, the equally tough-sounding "Country Must Be Country Wide" does indeed find Gilbert singing about radio stations "playin' Cash, Hank, Willie and Waylon," but the biting rock feel running throughout much of Halfway to Heaven suggests that those are bad-ass icons emblazoned on his personal Mt. Rushmore more than direct musical influences. Granted, romantic ballads like "My Kind of Crazy" and "Fall into Me" are the kind of tunes that seem tailor-made for the top of the country charts, and they're obviously a part of what Gilbert is about, but everything else about Halfway to Heaven seems to mark Gilbert as a rock & roll roughneck, albeit one with the requisite soft underbelly.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Valory
UPC: 0843930005826
catalogNumber: 0100
Rank: 37973

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brantley Gilbert   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Randall Bramblett   Organ,Piano
Andy Carlson   Violin,Viola
Davis Causey   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Dann Huff   Acoustic Guitar
John Keane   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Merlino   Electric Guitar
Jess Franklin   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hammond B3
Gerry Hansen   Drums
Will Doughty   Piano
Colt Ford   Vocals
Brandon Hicks   Background Vocals
Jonathan Waggoner   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Jane Van Voorhis   Cello
Rachel Farley   Background Vocals
Atom Brothers   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
A.J. Adams   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Ben Sims   Drums
Tom Ryan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Andy Carlson   String Arrangements
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
John Jacobson   Legal Advisor
John Merlino   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Bonnie Baker   Composer
Mike Dekle   Composer
Jess Franklin   Producer
Rich Egan   Management
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Colt Ford   Composer
Brantley Gilbert   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Seth Morton   Engineer
Mike Mobley   Composer
Jonathan Waggoner   Producer
Laboris Louden   Layout
Lyn Sengupta   Art Direction
Atom Brothers   Producer,Engineer
Aaron Tannenbaum   Booking
Carmen Romano   Management
Steve Tusman   Management

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