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Brantley Gilbert still considers himself a “hell-raiser” even though he’s given up the bottle.  He made the decision to get sober more than a year ago, and it’s been a positive change for Brantley.

He tells TheBoot.com, “I felt like I could be more productive if I didn’t [drink], and it wasn’t something I really needed in my life.”

Though he doesn’t go into details, Brantley admits the decision to stop drinking was prompted by things that were going on around him too.  Now that he’s sober, Brantley is thankful for the people in his life who help him stay that way. That group includes Brantley’s fiancée, Jana Kramer.

Says Brantley, “I actually have a really good support system.  People around me have been really cool.”

Brantley will hit the road with fellow sober country star Tim McGraw this summer on the Two Lanes of Freedom tour, launching May 2 in Birmingham, AL.

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