The news that ultimately inspired Brantley Gilbert to write his new patriotic single "One Hell of an Amen”

Anyone who knows Brantley Gilbert knows that underneath that rough and tough exterior is a guy whose heart is bigger than most. So when Gilbert heard this story, he knew he had to write a song.

“One of my dear friends back home, Josh, went to Iraq on several tours,” said Gilbert during a recent Google+ Hangout session. “He had a best friend over there who passed away just a couple feet from where he was positioned. Josh told me the story and it made me feel like I was right there with him. I try not to write songs about things I haven’t been through or experienced, but the way Josh told me the story…it punched me in the chest.”

The song is also a result of the death of Gilbert’s close friend Kory, who lost his battle with leukemia. “It’s easy to say the song’s about death, but to me, it’s about the good fight,” added Gilbert. “It’s about the attitude, the strength and the courage those boys had for what they were going through. Kory battling Leukemia and Jon fighting in Iraq…it’s about two different wars. Anytime you go out fighting for your life or fighting for your country, that’s ‘One Hell of An Amen.’”

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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