Brantley Gilbert teams up with Lindsay Ell for “What Happens in a Small Town,” coming Friday

ABC/Image Group LABrantley Gilbert’s new single, “What Happens in a Small Town,” is a duet with newcomer Lindsay Ell.

“This song builds and burns,” Brantley says of the tune, which he co-wrote. “It really has that want for someone you can’t have, and having to live in all the places they are.”

“I wanted to have someone on the record who could match those feelings, to really push the song. It’s not just any female singer who makes sense, and we knew that,” he adds. “But Lindsay is a whole other kind of artist, and she understands that power.”

Lindsay not only sings on the track, she plays guitar on it as well.

“It was great that they wanted me to play,” Lindsay says. “To be part of a song like this is great, but to be asked to play on someone’s song who I respect so much takes it up another level.”

“What Happens in a Small Town” will be available to stream or download on Friday. It’ll be the first taste of new music from Brantley since 2017’s The Devil Don’t Sleep.

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