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Brantley Gilbert recently had a number one hit duet with Lindsay Ell “What Happens In A Small Town” and it got him thinking about being in the place he is now in life.

He began looking back on the people who have supported him and given him chances throughout his career. He told us, “Keith Urban became a friend of mine in a time when I was making a transition in life. I honestly don’t know if I’d be sitting in this room if it weren’t for that man, and him taking time out of his life to come talk to me.”

Urban got clean from drugs and alcohol after his third trip to rehab, in 2006, and since then he has paid it forward. Brantley says when Keith reached out to him, “It was a time when I’d stopped drinkin’ and stopped doing some other things, and was just kind of unsure about moving forward, and he, again, took time out of his life and talked to me, and I’ll never forget that as long as I live. So that just wasn’t in music, it was in life.”

December 2019 marked Brantley’s eight-year anniversary of being alcohol and opiate free.