Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell Join Forces in “What Happens in a Small Town”

Brantley Gilbert Lindsay Ell

Country music bad boy, Brantley Gilbert has been pretty quiet since the release of his 2017 fourth studio album The Devil Don’t Sleep, but the wait is over! Last Friday, the singer-songwriter released his brand new single, “What Happens in a Small Town” in a collaboration with the talented Lindsay Ell, who lends her vocals and guitar skills to the song. The track is said to be the first song off Gilbert’s highly anticipated 2019 record and is slated to be sent to country radio in January.

The Big Machine Label Group recording artist gushed about his excitement for the new single on Twitter for a few days leading up to release day. Gilbert shared a video of him and Ell discussing their feelings about the new song, “It was just leaning towards a duet, and I’ve never done one. We kinda just got excited about it, and I don’t think the excitement ever stopped,” captioning the video with “This is something really special.”

The country-rock ballad depicts the full story of falling in love, breaking up and navigating those circumstances in a small town, seemingly not being able to get away from the memories that were made together. The words and the vocals are powerful, as both Ell and Gilbert prove that they are both a force to be reckoned with. The vulnerable lyrics are a perfect segway into a new, but still authentic sound for Gilbert. The single debuted at number 1 on the iTunes country music chart.

Check out the lyric video for the track below. “What Happens in a Small Town is available on all digital platforms now. For more new recently released music, make sure to follow our ‘New Country Music’ playlist on Spotify for your weekly new country music fix.

Going into the new year, fans can expect more new music from Gilbert, as we gear up for the release of his next album. Keep up with the recording artist on


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