Brantley Gilbert Celebrates Nine Years of Sobriety

Brantley Gilbert hit an important life milestone on Friday (Dec. 18). The country rocker is celebrating nine years of sobriety…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 18, 2020


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Brantley Gilbert; Photo by Jeff Nelson

Brantley Gilbert hit an important life milestone on Friday (Dec. 18). The country rocker is celebrating nine years of sobriety and he took to social media to mark the occasion with a family photo.

“9 years drink free today, and couldn’t have done it without my family, my brothers, my road family and the #bgnation,” he captioned the image. “If y’all pop a top today drink one for ya boy.”

The attached photo featured Gilbert alongside his wife, Amber, and their son, Barrett Hardy-Clay (Brantley and Amber are also parents to a daughter,  Braylen Hendrix, who was not pictured).


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Gilbert has long been vocal about his decision to get sober and recently opened up to his record label about how his tattoos help him on his sobriety journey.

“The one on my left side is really the story of my life, and goes through my addiction and the tribulations and trials. I got the devil trying to get on my shoulder over here, and I got two angels – I got one chubby angel with a spear keepin’ him from gettin’ up here,” he explained. “It’s just little things like that that I remember the struggle every time I look at my arm.  That’s one of the things, people ask me, ‘How are you staying sober?’ And honest to God, this has a lot to do with it.  Every time I look down, I see flames and skulls and the fact that I put myself and everybody that works for me through hell.”

Gilbert’s struggles with addiction inspired his newest single, “Hard Days.”

“‘Hard Days’ is about finding and acknowledging hope in the midst of turmoil and taking the good with the bad,” Gilbert previously shared. “I look back on some of the harder times in my life and think about where things are now, and I’m thankful for the bad that led to the good.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.