September 24.2015 – Story Behind “Country Must Be Country Wide” by Brantley Gilbert

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“Country Must Be Country Wide” is from Gilbert’s debut album, Modern Day Prodigal Son, which was originally set to be released in 2006 but the label dropped him before it hit stores. After signing with Average Joe’s entertainment in mid 2009, the album finally saw the light of day a few months later. Gilbert signed with Big Machine Records’ Valory Music Group division in February 2011, and his new label re-released Modern Day Prodigal Son on August 23, 2011.

The song’s music video was filmed at the abandoned state penitentiary in Nashville where The Green Mile was shot. Eric Church used the same location for his “Homeboy” clip.

Gilbert wrote the song with his fellow Athens, Georgia natives Colt Ford and Mike Dekle. It originated out of a conversation between Brantley and Colt about the way their ever-broadening touring schedule was taking them outside of the South and into other parts of the country. Gilbert explained to Kiim-Fm: “Colt and I were talking about how we were touring more North and Northwest and how there were country people out there just like us with different accents. We thought they needed some country credit, so that’s where the song idea came from.”

He added: “They look the same as the people here in Georgia or Nashville, they just talk different but they like the same things. A lot of people live in those cities, but not everybody is from there. Not everybody is from New York City. They do know what a dirt road is, what sweet tea is. We didn’t write nothing except being honest about what we know about. It turns out those country people are everywhere. They really are.”

Dekle told Kiim-Fm, he was surprised the writing of the song didn’t take too long. He said, “Yeah, it was right scary that the song came so quickly once the idea was thrown out and we started putting it down. It just seemed like a natural song to write. Sometimes the great ones come easy and sometimes they don’t. This is one we had so much fun writing.”

“Country Must Be Country Wide” was Brantley’s first Country #1 as an artist, reaching the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts December 3.2011.

Brantley previously topped the charts as a songwriter with “Dirt Road Anthem” recorded by Jason Aldean.

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LYRICS: Written by Brantley Gilbert, Colt Ford and Mike Dekle
I grew up south of the Mason Dixon
Workin’ spittin’ huntin’ and fishin’
Stone cold country by the grace of God

I was gasin’ up the other day
And an ol’ boy pulled up with a license plate
From Ohio I thought oh good lord he’s lost
From his wranglers to his boots
He reminded me of Chris LeDoux
And that Copenhagen smile

Country must be country wide
In every state
There’s a station
Playin’ Cash, Hank, Willie, and Waylon
In foreign cars and four wheel drives

There’s cowboys and hillbillies
From farm towns to big cities
There ain’t no doubt in my mind
Country must be country wide

It ain’t where
It’s how you live
We weren’t raised to take
We were raised to give
The shirt off our back
To anyone in need

We bow our heads before we eat
Before we start our day
Before we fall asleep
‘Cause in God we trust and we believe
And we see what’s wrong
And we know what’s right

And ol’ Hank he said it all
When he said country folks can survive

In every state
There’s a station
Playin’ Cash, Hank, Willie, and Waylon
In foreign cars and four wheel drives

There’s cowboys and hillbillies
From farm towns to big cities
There ain’t no doubt in my mind
Country must be country wide

In every state
There’s a station
Playin’ Cash, Hank, Willie, and Waylon
In foreign cars and four wheel drives

There’s cowboys and hillbillies
From farm towns to big cities
There ain’t no doubt in my mind
Country must be country wide

There ain’t no doubt in my mind
Country must be country wide

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