Brantley Gilbert’s deluxe edition of Halfway to Heaven was released back in September of 2011. Since then, members of his BG Nation have been anxiously awaiting new music. Well, the time has finally come. On December 17th, Gilbert released a new single “Bottoms Up.”
Just like much of what is considered part of “bro-country,” this is another one of those songs that will keep the masses divided. Lyrically, there is nothing here that we haven’t heard before. The track has the themes that are prevalent in many country songs today: tailgates, trucks and drinking. However, “Bottoms Up” feels different. Although the song is still a country rocker complete with electric guitar solo, it is less hard edged than a typical Brantley Gilbert tune. It feels more relaxed due in part to both the melody, especially in the verses, and his vocals. When it comes on your radio, you might have a hard time resisting. Bottoms up.
“Let’s get a toast to the good times
All y’all get your drinks up high
Everybody feeling alright
Cause tonight its bottoms up”
Brantley’s new record will be available sometime in 2014. "Bottoms Up" will impact radio on January 16th.