Brantley Gilbert honors those ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’

Dedicates song to servicemen and women

When Brantley Gilbert shared his emotionally-charged never-before-recorded “Gone But Not Forgotten” via Instagram on August 28th, he hoped it would give people the opportunity to turn to music to find some comfort and healing. But the Georgia-native didn’t anticipate how much it would resonate with fans, as BG Nation called on him to release the song to honor their own loved ones who were taken too soon.

“We shared the song thinking some folks might find healing,” shares Gilbert. “It touched more lives than we ever could have imagined. Now that the song is released, I hope it helps to ease some of the pain and heartbreak for more folks out there that could use it.”

Co-written with Brock Berryhill, Jason Blaine and Jay Brunswick, “Gone But Not Forgotten” was penned in 2018 as a way to honor servicemen and women, first responders and all those who we rely on that serve and protect, keeping us safe in our day-to-day lives.

Compelled to honor his own family and loved ones who have served, Gilbert will soon share a music video that spotlights why supporting military members is so important. Because of his unwavering support, many fans have gifted him with various military medals, coins and ribbons as a thank you, which Gilbert proudly displays in his Dawg House in Georgia.

In June, Gilbert released “The Worst Country Song of All Time” with Hardy and Toby Keith. Gilbert asked his TikTok fans “What is the worst country song of all time?” With nearly 500K views, over 7,500 opinionated fans left their thoughts in the comments, with the debate making its way into a writer’s room containing Gilbert, Hardy, Hunter Phelps and Will Weatherly. A video featuring a rowdy crew of recognizable political figures was released last month.

Earlier this year, Gilbert held his inaugural trail ride with partners including Polaris, Gander Outdoors, Camping World, Brimstone Recreation, Traeger Grills, Whiskey Jam and Appalachia Made Co., raising $75,000 to benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund to support those in the entertainment industry who lost work due to the pandemic.

Gilbert continues to raise funds for the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music with the “Garage-full of Awesome Giveaway.” Fans who donate $10 or more will be entered to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to meet Gilbert in person for a trail-riding adventure; a RZR Trail S 1000 Ultimate in Ghost Gray, courtesy of Polaris; 2021 Heartland Fuel 362, courtesy of Camping World; and $5,000 cash.

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