Country music has an ongoing love affair with the weekend. Whether it’s “Finally Friday” or another “American Saturday Night,” the genre has long celebrated time off work, with Brantley Gilbert as the latest artist to cash in his paycheck and let loose.
“The Weekend,” an anthemic, electric guitar-driven country-rocker with just a touch of R&B, marks the Georgia native’s first new single from an upcoming album. [Listen below.] Gilbert, who co-wrote the tune with Andrew DeRobert, was inspired by fans at his concerts last winter. “We were rolling through the Midwest, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Minnesota,” he says of his recent Blackout tour, “and you see how hard people work and how much they need to let it go when they get to Friday. All those people coming out to the shows and rocking hard, they meant business. I wanted to write a song that matched that intensity to kick back even harder than you work. That’s where ‘The Weekend’ comes from: all those people who came out and threw it down with us.”
Gilbert says he knew he wanted three elements to his next single: big guitars, loud drums and “something with a little attitude.” “The Weekend” certainly delivers all three, with slick production by Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill) and party-ready lyrics. “Just do your thing like it’s Spring Break/Wake and bake/And be at it again,” he sings.
Gilbert is currently on the Take It Outside tour, also featuring Justin Moore and Colt Ford. Longtime friends Gilbert and Ford co-wrote Jason Aldean’s four-times platinum selling “Dirt Road Anthem.”