Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell celebrated their recent No. 1, “What Happens In A Small Town,” written by Gilbert, Rhett Akins, Josh Dunne and Brock Berryhill, on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Music City Indoor Karting hosted by BMI. The single marks Gilbert’s fifth No. 1 as an artist and seventh No. 1 as a songwriter and Ell’s first U.S. No. 1.
Gilbert, reflecting on his journey without pre-prepared notes, spoke at length about how special this particular No.1 is for him. Facing Lindsay Ell he shared, “When you look for a duet partner, you want somebody that is not only going to pull their weight but exceed expectations. You did that and more. I’m honored to share this stage and this song with you.”
And of his co-writers, he turned, smiled and continued, “I’m so glad I have friends that write good songs.” “What Happens In A Small Town” is Akins’s 31st No. 1, Berryhill’s second No. 1 and Dunne’s first No. 1.
Each following-up the hit with new songs at Country radio, Gilbert released his second single from Fire & Brimstone, “Fire’t Up,” just before the holidays and Lindsay Ell’s current single “I Don’t Love You” is also now at Country radio.