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Brantley Gilbert Changed Girl’s Name in “Saving Amy” in “Halfway to Heaven” CD [VIDEO]

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Brantley Gilbert‘s terrific songwriting abilities are demonstrated in Jason Aldean’s hit songs like “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem”. Gilbert’s own “Country Must Be Country Wide” has that strong driving beat full of energy. However his talents are even clearer in other, slower, more emotional songs. I ran across an interview recently done by a site,with very interesting facts on this new artist. He also talks about inspiration for the song “Saving Amy” from his CD “Halfway to Heaven”.

“That song took me longer to write than any song I’ve ever written. I wrote it about a friend of mine from high school. Her name was not Amy, but her boyfriend had proposed to her and actually got in a car accident and died on the way home that night. And then about six months later I was still working on it, but I changed the title to ‘Saving Amy,’ I didn’t want to put her name in it, and I played it for my cousin who had just come back from Iraq and he started tearing up, and I was like “Dude, what is it?” He said, “Number one, that’s a sad song, but I’ve been waiting for somebody to write a song about Joseph for a long time.” And it clicked. I didn’t know it, but a friend of mine, Joseph Hensley … proposed to a girl named Amy one night, and on his way home he was actually hit by a train and the only thing that was untouched in the whole entire accident was his Bible. So it turned out to be a pretty strong song, and I felt like I had a little bit of help writing that one.” Here’s the song. Hoping he’ll play it Thursday night in Lubbock.

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