BRANTLEY GILBERT celebrated five years of sobriety back in December . . . but he’ll never forget early in his career when the alcohol and pills almost killed him. His liver and kidneys were in such bad shape he developed pancreatitis.
He ended up in the hospital, and eventually went to rehab. But he wanted to check out of there way too soon, so the counselors asked KEITH URBAN to pay him a visit. As a musician and a recovering addict they knew Keith’s words had a lot of weight.
Keith asked him what his fears were about being a performer who doesn’t drink, and Brantley let it fly. Quote, “I told him, I don’t think I can do my job. I don’t know if I can ever play a song at my shows without being [messed] up.'”
Obviously, Keith could relate. He admitted that it was frightening at first but after a while he became a better performer and writer. He also said his life was more fun, he was a better husband, and a better man without drugs and alcohol. It landed.
Brantley says, quote, “At that point, I was like, ‘All right.’ If it weren’t for him, I don’t know if I’d be sober or be in this business anymore. I’d probably be dead. I’m more comfortable in my own skin, and before, I needed a drink to get there.”