Halfway to Heaven

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
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 ...
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All Music Guide - J. Allen
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Valory
  • UPC: 843930005826
  • Catalog Number: 0100
  • Sales rank: 3,366

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
The 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
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Bonnie Baker Composer
Mike Dekle Composer
Jess Franklin Producer
Adam Ayan Mastering
David Huff Digital Editing
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
The Atom Brothers Producer, Engineer
Aaron Tannenbaum Booking
Carmen Romano Management
Steve Tusman Management
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