Country singer-songwriters Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell teamed up and released their brand new music video for “What Happens in a Small Town”. In Gilbert’s first ever duet, both him and Ell play storytellers narrating two young kids who can’t escape the memory of their past relationship. Gilbert wrote this song along with Brock Berryhill, Rhett Akins, and Josh Dunne and was inspired by his own life depicting his earlier days of falling in love, breaking up, eventually getting back together and finally marrying his wife Amber. A country ballad collaboration that has not only compelling vocals from Gilbert and Ell but their guitar instrumentals bring the song to an entirely different level.
With Ell set in a school hallway and Gilbert on an isolated main street road, the two reminisce of their high school relationship under Friday night lights at a football game and driving around town in her white jeep. Each scene depicts a memory that they just can’t seem to shake whether it be driving off into a country field, or hanging at the local bar. Gilbert and Ell prove breaking up is even harder to deal with when you are in a small town and it is expressed in the chorus:
“‘Cause what happens in a small town stays in a small town / Every back road, we’ve ever gone down / Friday night bleachers, Sunday pews / Ain’t a county line mile without a memory of you Every whisper, every room, I walk in / Every time the bartender fills it up again / Everybody knows why I’m here, and you ain’t around / ‘Cause what happens in a small town, stays in a small town”
There is no denying that Gilbert and Ell work effortlessly together, and create a captivating song that is easily relatable to us all. “What Happens in a Small Town” is a BIG glimpse into what Gilbert has in store for us when his upcoming album is released. Let the anticipation and excitement begin!
For a behind the scenes look at the making of the video with Gilbert and Ell, watch the video below.
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