For Brantley Gilbert, who has been busy playing Santa Claus, the New Year marks the beginning of a new chapter in many different ways.

Of course, he’ll to turn the calendar like the rest of us, but it also marks the beginning of Gilbert’s next trip around the sun.

“New Year’s Eve — that means I’m getting older. My birthday’s Jan. 20, so those two things kind of usually go together for me,” said Gilbert. “I’m actually pretty excited this year. I’m going up to Iowa doing some deer hunting with Lee and Tiffany LaKosky [stars of Outdoor Channel’s ‘Crush with Lee and Tiffany’] for New Year’s so that’s gonna be a great time, a little low key, a little huntin’ time. I’m looking forward to it.”

As you can see in this video from a recent bow hunting trip Gilbert took with his pal, Michael Lee, Gilbert loves the thrill of the chase. You can tell from the glee on his face after he makes his shot.

Once he gets back from his New Year’s hunting trip, the soon-to-be 31-year-old has some work to do finishing up his much-anticipated new album. To tide us over, Gilbert has released “Stone Cold Sober” as the latest single from his current album, “Just as I Am.”

It’s possible that you may not have the song on your copy of the album, however, as it was only included on the platinum edition. The song is already in the Top 30 on the Billboard charts.

Check out the brand-new video, which just premiered this month.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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