Brantley Gilbert Emotionally Tributes Crew Member Alan Ditch on His Death’s Anniversary

by Samantha Whidden

Honoring someone close to his heart, country superstar Brantley Gilbert shared a special tribute that is dedicated to one of his crew members, Alan Ditch, on the anniversary of his death.

“2 years…. Missing ya down here Alan,” Brantley Gilbert wrote on Twitter.  The video posted to the post is from 2019, just days after the crew member’s death. 

According to The Observer-Reporter, Ditch passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at Keybank Pavillion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.

In a recent interview with American Songwriter, Gilbert states that the song Old Friends was inspired by Ditch. “He was one of my favorite people in the world. This song is hopefully the first of several that he will be a part of.”

Brantley Gilbert is currently preparing to go back on the road for his Worst Country Tour. His next stop is at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 2nd. He has performances until December 17th. In a recent social media post, Gilbert shares a few snapshots of his performance in Pennsylvania. “New York…. Y’all know how to party…. The #worstcountrytour rolls on tonight in PA #bgnation.”

Along with his tour, Gilbert has released a video for The Worst Country Song of All Time. Gilbert teamed up with HARDY and Toby Keith for the single. “I honestly never thought we’d get this far with this song,” he stated. “It really started as a goofy idea that we were having fun with, and we’ve been glad to bring a laugh to folks this summer after such a rough year.”

Brantley Gilbert Honors 13 U.S. Military Personnel Killed in Afghanistan With New Song ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ 

Over the weekend, Brantley Gilbert shared his latest song Gone But Not Forgotten to his social media followers. The song is notably dedicated to the 13 U.S. military personnel in the Kabul Airport attack in Afghanistan last week. 

“13 brave American heroes made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom this week. In hard times like this, I always find myself turning to music,” Brantley Gilbert revealed. He also explains that the song is a tribute to all the folks that have been lost. Both overseas and in the local community. “Wanted to share it with y’all in hopes it might resonate with someone who needs to hear it right now.”

Fans of Brantley Gilberts gushed about the song and even encouraged him to officially release it. One fan wrote, “Thank you sir for remembering my friends, my Brothers, and Sisters in Arms we’ve lost.”

Another Brantley Gilbert fan added, “Absolutely beautiful this just makes me love your music more than I already did you sir are a very special and gifted man the world would not be the same without you god bless.”