If Brantley Gilbert Had Caught Brantley Gilbert

Singer Was No Saint Deceiving His Parents

We’ve all done it — lied to our parents a little bit. We wouldn’t be proper teenagers if we didn’t, right?

But my lies were never even half as exciting as Brantley Gilbert‘s lies. And he doesn’t know what he’d do if he caught his son pulling the same tricks.

Before he moved to Nashville and made it as a country star — and, frankly, way before he was even the legal age — Gilbert would be playing bars all night long while his parents thought he was doing something a lot more sacred.

In a new interview from his record label, Gilbert recalls nights he was supposed to be performing at a praise and worship service but was actually playing country music in a bar in downtown Jefferson, Georgia. He now calls the small town throwdown move “amazingly stupid at 1:30 in the morning.”

One night, though, his parents showed up.

“They walked in and caught me,” Gilbert recalled.

But maybe that was a turning point for the family. After that, his parents realized their son was where he belonged.

“In the beginning it was a little different,” he admitted. “But once I got to a certain age and they started seeing that I could make a living out of it or at least … could screech by, they really got on board big time.”

His 2011 breakout hit “Country Must Be Country Wide” and his follow-up No. 1’s “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Bottoms Up” were probably all the proof his family needed to see that he found his calling.

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