The first time Brantley Gilbert ever met Andrew DeRoberts, the guy he co-wrote his current Top 15 hit “The Weekend” with, was after he completed The Devil Don’t Sleep and he held a listening party with all of the writers on the album.  Brantley and Andrew wrote “The Weekend” and one other song on the album entirely over the phone without ever meeting his co-writer in person.

Brantley tells us this was a first. [“This is an interesting story.  Kos Weaver was at Warner Chapel when I first came to Nashville. He signed me to my first publishing deal and he and I still keep in contact.  On this record I wanted to try some new things and one of those things was writing to tracks.  And I asked him if he had anybody that was putting tracks together that he thought I might dig. And he sent me two and both of them made the record.  Both of them were tracks that Andrew DeRoberts put together. They were both the first two songs I’d ever written over the phone with somebody so that was new. The first time I shook hands with Andrew was at a listening party we had for writers who had co-written songs with me that made the record. He’s a truly, truly talented songwriter just an amazing guy all together. But, yeah, that was a new process for me.”] SOUNDCUE (:50 OC: . . . process for me.)

Brantley takes his The Devil Don't Sleep tour to Evansville, IN on Thursday (February 23rd). The trek features opening acts Tucker Beathard and Luke Combs.

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