Interview: Brantley Gilbert’s Third Album ‘Just As I Am’ Is ‘Another Chapter in My Life’
It’s been four long years since his last release, but Brantley Gilbert finally has a new album out. Or, as he puts it, a new “chapter.” Just As I Am, Gilbert’s third studio album, hits stores today (May 19).
“This record is another chapter in my life,” Gilbert tells Radio.com. “It pick[s] up where the last one left off. And I think the songs do a really good job of telling [my] story.”
Just As I Am is the Georgia native’s third studio album, and arrives more than four years after the initial release of his previous collection, Halfway to Heaven.
In the years between albums, Gilbert admits to Radio.com that “a lot has changed” in his life and career — including a rise in his national profile thanks to a series of radio hits and successful tours. “It’s been a lot of fun” watching everything play out, he says.
The first taste fans got of the album came when Gilbert released the debut single from the album, “Bottoms Up,” last December. Just this month, the song topped the country singles charts, becoming the third No. 1 hit of his career so far.
“I recorded it because it was so much fun to write,” Gilbert says of the song, which he penned with Brett James and Justin Weaver. “When Brett James brought it out, it was an idea that he and Justin had started, and I was lucky enough to join in and make it my story.”