By: Greg Sacidor
Brantley Gilbert says if it weren’t for Keith Urban he’d “probably be dead.”
The country singer recently opened up to The Tennessean about his battle with alcohol and drugs. In the interview, Gilbert credited country superstar Keith Urban with saving his life.
“If it weren’t for him, I don’t know if I’d be sober or in the business anymore” Gilbert told the newspaper. “I’d probably be dead.”
Gilbert said that one day in 2011 when he was in a rehab facility and ready to leave, he was introduced to Urban, a recovering addict himself. The “Stone Cold Sober” singer said that he opened up to Urban about how he didn’t think he could do his job. He said he told Urban “I don’t know if I can ever play a song at my shows without being messed up.”
The Ripcord artist told Gilbert he once had the same fears. However, over time he became a better performer, writer and husband, and had more fun overall being sober.
Gilbert said that he has not had any alcohol or pain pills in five years.
He will release his fourth studio album, The Devil Don’t Sleep, on January 27. He will also perform at the the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania on February 2.