Brantley Gilbert Still Needs Mama, Daddy and God

There is no denying how much of a badass Brantley Gilbert is. The way the country singer talks, sings, looks, accessorizes and rides all kind of tell the world he is not some overly-sensitive, sentimental guy. I mean, he has brass knuckles on his microphone, if that tells you anything.

Plus, Gilbert sings songs about things like city boys ridin’ around lookin’ for some trouble in “Small Town Throwdown” and driving 95 miles per hour in his most recent No. 1 single “Bottoms Up.”

But Gilbert’s not a kid anymore. He will turn 30 early next year. Meaning that the Georgia native has grown up and can handle all of his own struggles.

Then again, what is family for?

“Don’t get me wrong. There’s always situations where when it gets bigger than me, it’s time to go talk to mama and daddy and God,” he said in a recent radio interview. “But for the most part, I feel like I’m at the age now where I’ve learned enough to where I can handle situations. And maybe even be the anchor in certain situations more often than not.”

He added that his whole family is at a point in their lives when they all have a lot on their shoulders. So he adjusts his need for their support accordingly.

“It’s kinda one of those things where I try my best not to put anything else on ’em than they’ve already got,” Gilbert said.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.