For Brantley Gilbert, his back-to-back platinum success comes from writing about his life – and watching the people who live like he does respond. If Halfway To Heaven was the story of a young man in the clutches of all it means to be wild, and Just As I Am considered the consequences of the life and the good times getting there, The Devil Don't Sleep marks the next phase of the working class Country icon in the making's life. Featuring 16 songs, it's a whole lot of music from Country music's hardest hitting songwriter/artist. It's also a lot of life lived.
Though "The Weekend" explodes as one of Gilbert's industrial strength five o'clock Friday party anthems, The Devil Don't Sleep works a celebratory tip for other reasons. As Gilbert is quick to point out, the songs offer a cautionary undertow because, as the title suggests, temptation is a nonstop reality – and people need vigilance to avoid backsliding into the very things that defeat them.
Tapping into the outlier, the roughneck, the downhome and the downtrodden, the songwriter/rocker from Jefferson, GA tears music from actual life, Gilbert knows vigilance is required even in the best of times. Gilbert admits, "Trying to get the whole story on the album was a little more than we'd bargained for. We tried every which way, but in the end, it seemed like we needed to do the straight-up record. But then for the folks who really go deep, I wanted to give them a piece of the last year on the road. We recorded live at Red Rocks at the end of the tour, and you can feel how hard they rocked. And I wanted that on this record..."