Brantley Gilbert spent his small-town youth listening to a lot of bands outside the confines of country music.
They included local college rockers R.E.M., as well as roots rock such as John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. Lynyrd Skynyrd was a big influence on Gilbert. He began singing and songwriting at age 13.
In 2004, Gilbert had a car accident while he was intoxicated. He was 19. The accident could have killed him, even though he escaped without a scratch. He's said that after that, he decided to devote himself to his music and writing songs. The incident later inspired Gilbert's song "Halfway to Heaven" off the album of the same name.
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HERE'S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TOBY AND WHY THIS IS SUCH A BIG DEAL..
The Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Toby Keith two years ago and the Academy of Country Music gave him the Poet's Award this year – exceedingly high songwriting honors amidst a career chock full of them. And with good reason. The list of writer-artists in any genre who have achieved or exceeded the collective airplay Keith has amassed is quite short. Artistic and commercial achievements aren't the reasons he writes, however. Neither are awards. No, songwriting isn't something Toby Keith does. Songwriting is who he is...