Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell have teamed up for a new duet, “What Happens in a Small Town,” which is the lead single from Brantley’s upcoming fifth studio album.
Penned by Brantley, Brock Berryhill, Josh Dunne and Rhett Atkins, “What Happens In A Small Town” was produced by Dann Huff, who has helmed Brantley’s three previous albums.
“This song builds and burns,” Brantley says. “It really has that want for someone you can’t have, and having to live in all the places they are. I wanted to have someone on the record who could match those feelings, to really push the song. It’s not just any female who makes sense, and we knew that. But Lindsay is a whole other kind of artist, and she understands that power.”
Not only does Lindsay add her vocal prowess to the single, but she also lends her guitar chops.
“It was great that they wanted me to play,” Lindsay says. “To be part of a song like this is great, but to be asked to play on someone’s song who I respect so much takes it up another level. Obviously playing in front of Dann Huff is something else, but he knew how to really push me—and get a vocal that contains everything situations like this one are made of.”
“What Happens in a Small Town” will ship to country radio on Jan. 14. Check out the lyric video for the new tune below.
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