Songwriting is more art than science and it can be hard to identify the best way to make the magic happen. There are some tricks to turning out good songs, though, and Brantley Gilbert is shedding light on some of his own.
Finding a relatable co-writer is a near-must for the “Bottom’s Up” singer. “I remember coming to Nashville years ago and [publisher] Warner Chappell put me in a room [with] a lot of people, and some of those people I still write with,” Brantley says through his record label. “It was kind of a hit or miss thing [in] finding the people that you really relate to and you’re comfortable sitting with. It’s possible to write a song [with] somebody that’s your polar opposite, I think, but it can be more difficult at times.”
That’s not say it’s impossible, however. “When it comes to writing with somebody new it depends on what they come to the table with,” he continues. “My favorite way to write is to have a conversation and see what comes out. It’s finding somebody that has a thought process that really, not [that] mirrors your own, but complements it. I feel like if you have somebody with a very similar process you butt heads a lot. When [I] write with somebody that has a complimenting thought process, that helps me a lot.”
Brantley seems to have figured it out. The Georgia native wrote or co-wrote every song except for one on his latest album The Devil Don’t Sleep. Sample and purchase the project here.
Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.