Father’s Day for Brantley Gilbert Means Passing ‘Old-School’ Family Values to Son

by Matthew Wilson
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Brantley Gilbert may entertain millions of fans with his music. But when he’s at home, the “One Hell of an Amen” singer is just dad.

In honor of Father’s Day, Gilbert discusses what the holiday means to him. There’s an unspoken bond between a father and son. Gilbert wants to pass down “old school” traditions and lessons he learned from his dad to his three-year-old son Barrett Hardy-Clay.

“I come from a long line of old school folks. My dad‘s old school. He got it from my paw paw,” Gilbert said in a statement courtesy of Big Machine Label Group. “And I won’t go too far in-depth on any of that, but he’s just old school, man. I definitely hope that’s something my son gets. I think it’s safe to say I got it. I love my dad. He means the world to me.”

Brantley Gilbert as a Family Man

Brantley Gilbert is the father of two children. His youngest, Braylen Hendrix, was born in September 2019. Being a dad to two young children takes up the singer’s time when he’s not recording or giving back to U.S. military service members.

As he recently told Music Mayhem, “They’re my smile, they’re my heart, they’re my whole world.”

Brantley wants to be the best father that he can to his children. Part of that is leading an example for them to follow. And in regards to his humanitarian efforts, Gilbert is definitely succeeding in that regard. For instance, the singer has an increased focus on sustainability and local produce at his shows.

But being a dad to two young children isn’t without its challenges either. Both are extremely hyperactive with quick attention spans for instance. Gilbert has enjoyed allowing Barrett and Braylen to find their place in the world. While he enjoys playing on the stage, there isn’t anywhere Brantley rather be than home with his family.

“I kinda follow their lead a lot of times. My little boy, he’s three, I bought him a T-ball set, a bucket of balls and stuff,” Gilbert told the outlet. “And he’ll key into it and he’ll hit for about maybe a minute, and then he’s off to something else. And my little girl’s much the same way. At one and three, I’m still kinda following them, letting them do their thing and kinda seeing how I fit into their world a little bit, I guess… I’ve been a lot of things in my life. I’ve been a biker, a singer, just a lot of things, but being a dad is by far my favorite thing that I’ve ever been.”

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