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Brantley Gilbert opens up about the demons that once plagued him Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP
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As Brantley Gilbert prepares to release his next album, “The Devil Don’t Sleep,” the country rocker has been forced to recollect on those demons that once plagued him and his career.

And at one time, there were a lot of them.

“’The Devil Don’t Sleep’ is really all about just being conscious that the temptations and the traps that I’ve always fallen into, and the bad decisions that I’ve always reverted to, the bone headed moments of my life, they’re always there,” Brantley told Nash Country Weekly. “Decisions are always there to make, and ‘The Devil Don’t Sleep,’ for me, is always just being aware that I am an addict. I’m a recovering addict, but I’ll always be an addict. Those temptations are there. There’s a lot of roads that go left. It’s about just appreciating the fact that God has blessed me so much in this chapter of my life, and appreciating my marriage and that relationship that is so fulfilling to me. It’s my life. She’s my best friend. She’s the best player on our team. It’s just about appreciating those things, but, at the same time, being conscious that the shadows are right around the corner.”

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Brantley has worked hard to put those demons behind him, and will celebrate five years of being sober later this year.

“Being alcohol free a big thing for me, and I think since then, I don’t find myself in very many situations where I need these as much, my fists as much,” says Brantley. “It’s more about being spiritually tough, and just… yeah. Spiritually tough and morally tough for myself and the people around me.”

And when he needs a little help, Brantley says he knows exactly where to turn.

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“I’ve always been a believer first above anything else,” he says. “I feel like I’m like any other Christian. I think I’ve definitely strayed from time and time, and my relationship has not always been the best, but I think that’s always been a part of my music as well.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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