Tattooed and looking more like a biker than a country singer, Gilbert has hit the Country music scene strong, stealing the show and gaining more and more fans.

MIAMI – It's all out there in his music. Country music superstar Brantley Gilbert puts his life experiences, good and bad in lyrics and songs getting the crowds up and singing.

Gilbert's latest tour promoting his newest #1 all-genre Top 200 album, 'The Devil Don't Sleep,' released in January 2017, is drawing big audiences and fans out to hear Gilbert's intense vocals and hard, nothing held back, electric guitar heavy, unique sound.

Gilbert is bringing his show to the stage on June 17 at the Buffalo Run outdoor Amphitheater with Aaron Lewis as his opener. Tickets are still on sale at the Buffalo Run Casino website and box office.

Tattooed and looking more like a biker than a country singer, Gilbert has hit the Country music scene strong, stealing the show and gaining more and more fans.

“All I've ever done (with my songwriting) is write my life. All these songs are pages from life, and the albums are chapters,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert is one of only four Country acts, along with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church, to have back-to-back platinum selling albums with six #1 singles including; "One Hell of an Amen," "You Don't Know Her Like I Do," "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "Bottoms Up.” His tour is selling out shows across the country.

Hot on tour, Gilbert stopped before a show for an interview with the Miami News Record.

Melinda Stotts (MS): I just read the People magazine article. It doesn't get much better, baby boy on the way, devoted and beautiful wife, huge music career blowing up - How's it feel to be Brantley Gilbert right now?

Brantley Gilbert (BG): “It feels pretty good, but it's also very busy. We're getting ready to take on a whole new chapter that we've never experienced before, so, we're kind of trying to get everything tidied up and ready.”

MS: In checking out your media, I see you are who you are, forged by life, the good and the bad, unapologetic, keeping a close circle – and putting it all in your music. How'd music become such an important part of who you are and a part of your world?

BG: “You know it just started at an early age, and I was really big about writing songs. I didn't really want to learn with any other people, I just kind of wanted to do my own thing.”

MS: When I write about music artist I have to find words and metaphors to describe their particular sound. You have such a unique and special voice, it has a physicality, it's an all in sound, and I was trying to figure out how to describe that. I was kind of thinking it's like thunder or a Harley passing by, you hear it and you feel it, trouble and pleasure together. How would you describe your voice and your music?

BG: “Oh darlin', I wouldn't know. I've never been asked that before I don't think. I don't know. I just kind of write in a spot that's comfortable for my voice. I'm definitely not Carrie Underwood, but I sing good enough to make it through a song. (laughs)”

MS: I understand you've written or co-written all your albums. Every songwriter I interview says they write about their experiences and their own lives. What makes you want to put your personal, emotional, good and bad experiences, all of it, out there in songs?

BG: “You know, it just gets it out front. I really enjoy being a what you see is what you get guy. That takes a lot of pressure off. I don't have to remember stories or remember any lies. It just is what it is. I'm just me, and I write songs about it.”

MS: I'm really interested in what it takes to put together a new album, that creative process. Tell me how that comes together, where do you start, with a theme, a song, a title?

BG: “Well for me all my records are chapters of my life, and we start the minute we finish one up it just keeps up right there. I write every time I get a chance. When I get to a point where I feel it's been a full chapter, which sometimes takes two or three years, we'll sit down and put songs together and find out which ones tell the story the best and hit the hardest, and kind of come at it that way.”

MS: I like that because you don't push it, you do it when you're ready to. Is it true you choose spiritual titles for your albums? Why is that personally important for you?

BG: “Just as a believer that's always been my real one true north. I am rough around the edges, but at the end of the day I'm a believer, and I think it's important that people know that.”

MS: Another part of your honesty and being real too.

BG: “Yeah.”

MS: “The Weekend” is the perfect summer fun song – and we'll be cranking it for sure as we head out this weekend for a big canoe trip with friends. You sure have some giant party songs and then you have penned deep and moving gut-wrenching songs such as “One Hell of an Amen.” I wondered what song made you love Country?

BG: “You know there's so many. I think “Simple Man,” has that kind of a quality.”

MS: You probably don't live or die by reviews, but what's the best thing someone ever said about your music?

BG: “Uhhh, I'm not real sure. You've had some nice things to say today. You're right I'm not really a live or die by review guy and I kind of stay in my little world as much as possible. I try not to listen to a whole lot of folks because you might start believing them.”

MS: When you're on stage, and you see the words and emotions connecting, how great is that? When you touch a nerve with songs that are so personal to you, how's that feel?

BG: “It is for sure. I've learned that if it's' not something you're trying to do, you know what I mean, if you're just writing a song, it seems to happen more. It seems like folks can relate more to the songs that are little more than skin deep. But yeah, you love that part, it's one of my favorite parts of my job. Being able to rock with and just hang out with them and party and play music for 'em.”

MS: There's a lyric from the “Outlaw in Me,”... "She gets every flaw, my rebel art, every tattoo, every scar.” So, I've got to ask you, what's your favorite tattoo and why?

BG: “They've all kind of molded into one, so I don't know. There kind of chapters in my life too. My guns are very new, and so we'll go with them for right now.”

MS: What's next for you, this is such a big album, and it's full of so many great songs - do you have anything new planned coming up?

BG: “I'm just going to keep rolling with the punches, driving this thing until the wheels fall off and then put some more wheels on it and ride it 'til they fall off.”

MS: Tell me about this tour, this show, and what we're going to see onstage here in Oklahoma.

BG: “It's going to be a blast! It's been a party all year. It was real high energy the entire arena tours, so now that we're coming outdoors and we're bringing the same kind of heat, drawing the same kind of crowd and having the same kind of party!”

MS: We're excited here, so I'm looking forward to seeing you and your show. I appreciate your time, and I'll let you get back to it Brantley.

BG: “All right darlin', thank you, have a good day.”

Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.