Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell’s “What Happens In A Small Town” Video Available Everywhere Now

Having taken the unconventional route of making his new music available to fans first with a release to all partners on December 14, the video for “What Happens In A Small Town” hit CMT for a world premiere January 17. As the…

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on January 18, 2019

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Having taken the unconventional route of making his new music available to fans first with a release to all partners on December 14, the video for “What Happens In A Small Town” hit CMT for a world premiere January 17. As the track lands at Country radio this week, BG Nation has already driven the powerful duet – featuring not just vocals but blazing guitar work from Lindsay Ell – to No. 1 at iTunes over the holidays. Watch the video here: https://brantley.lnk.to/WHIASTvidPR

Now the Shaun Silva-directed clip, which traces the torment of the memories you can’t outrun when you break up in a small town, arrives with CMT special consideration at the same time it hits most added at Country radio. In classic Silva-style, the CMA Awards Music Video of the Year winner sought to capture the reality of the lyrics and scouted several small towns before landing on Columbia, TN, which he found had the authenticity to match Gilbert’s message and the pair’s wide-open performance. Watch the behind the scenes here: https://brantley.lnk.to/WHIASTBTSPR.

“Every word of this is true,” Gilbert says with a laugh. “You know, it’s not the big things that really get you when you break up with someone you love in a place like this: it’s the small stuff. That’s what tears into you.”

Gilbert knows by heart. Moving back to South Georgia after deciding he would always be a man whose heart is where he was raised, he plugged back into his roots – and found himself wondering about the girl he’d written all those songs about. Life, though, has a way of being good to the good-hearted. Though a circuitous route to get there, today that woman is his wife.

“It happened to me,” Gilbert admits. “But it happens to a lot of people out there. Whether you’ve found your way back to them, or not, those feelings don’t always stop just because you’ve broken up. ‘What Happens In A Small Town’ is as much about the memories as it is the fact you’re going to keep running into each other. So, maybe this song will help some people save time!”

Teaming with Lindsay Ell, whose musicianship and intensity equals Gilbert, their passion for the music defines in their performance in the clip. Add the young couple – shown in the moment and in flashbacks to all the moments that relationships are built from – and “What Happens In A Small Town” offers a core sample of why love right where you are with someone who knows everything about where you come from are the ones that define us.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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