Brantley Gilbert Explains What ‘The Devil Don’t Sleep’ Means to Him
When Brantley Gilbert releases The Devil Don't Sleep on Jan. 27, the album will be his most personal project yet, touching on everything from the addictions of his younger years to his marriage in 2015 -- all subject matter that's close to the singer's heart.
Since releasing his debut album in 2009, Gilbert has made a name for himself in country music by recording raw and rambunctious singles such as "Kick It in the Sticks" and "Bottoms Up," but personal mistakes made earlier in his career will define his latest release. Gilbert is about to celebrate five years sober after dealing with a serious addiction in his 20s, and he says that The Devil Don't Sleep is a reminder that all of the dark moments of his past are just one bad decision away.
"Decisions are always there to make, and The Devil Don’t Sleep, for me, [means] always just being aware that I am an addict,” Gilbert tells Nash Country Daily. "I’m a recovering addict, but I’ll always be an addict. Those temptations are there. There’s a lot of roads that go left."
Gilbert credits his strong Christian faith as well as his wife for providing invaluable support as he continues to fight to keep his demons at bay.
"It’s about just appreciating the fact that God has blessed me so much in this chapter of my life, and appreciating my marriage and that relationship that is so fulfilling to me. It’s my life. She’s my best friend. She’s the best player on our team," Gilbert says of wife Amber Cochran, whom he wed in June of 2015. He adds that although his faith has wavered in the past, it's always been the most important thing: "I’ve always been a believer first above anything else. I feel like I’m like any other Christian. I think I’ve definitely strayed from time and time, and my relationship has not always been the best, but I think that’s always been a part of my music as well."
Gilbert says that another part of him that's changed since he got sober is his perspective on what it means to be tough.
"There was a time in my life where I think I had a misconstrued meaning of what tough was," he says. "Dec. 18, it will be five years alcohol free ... and I think since then, I don't find myself in very many situations where I need these as much -- my fists as much. It's more about being spiritually tough, and just … Yeah. Spiritually tough and morally tough for myself and the people around me."
The Devil Don’t Sleep is set for release on Jan. 27 and will be quickly followed by Gilbert's The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour with special guests Tucker Bethard and Luke Combs; the trek is set to begin on Feb. 3. In July, Gilbert released "The Weekend" as the first single from his upcoming album.
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