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EDITORS’ NOTES

Having written emotional tunes for artists like Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, and Darius Rucker (not to mention fronting the GRAMMY®-nominated bluegrass band the SteelDrivers), Chris Stapleton steps into his own. Despite its dusky presentation and Stapleton’s formidable beard, Traveller isn’t just an outlaw record, but a master class in country bittersweetness— from the waltz-time nostalgia of “More of You” to the blistering “Might as Well Get Stoned,” which sounds as though it took its own advice. As for Stapleton’s earthy, unvarnished voice, well, he might be a writer, but he certainly doesn’t sing like one.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having written emotional tunes for artists like Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, and Darius Rucker (not to mention fronting the GRAMMY®-nominated bluegrass band the SteelDrivers), Chris Stapleton steps into his own. Despite its dusky presentation and Stapleton’s formidable beard, Traveller isn’t just an outlaw record, but a master class in country bittersweetness— from the waltz-time nostalgia of “More of You” to the blistering “Might as Well Get Stoned,” which sounds as though it took its own advice. As for Stapleton’s earthy, unvarnished voice, well, he might be a writer, but he certainly doesn’t sing like one.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

2370 Ratings

A rare gem of country music

sk8kow,

You might not have known it, but Chris Stapleton has probably already been sung out of your lips or atleast heard in your ear already.

He has been a song writing machine throughout his career and now it's his official "solo" record debut.

I'm gonna try to keep this short. His voice is unmatched. His lyrics are true country. And his music will captivate you in so many ways. He is the total package that has stayed pure to country.

You can YouTube a lot of these songs right now. "Parachute" - "Tennessee Whiskey" - "Fire Away" - "Whiskey And You" - "When The Stars Come Out" - "Traveller" - "Was It 26" and "Sometimes I Cry" are all out there waiting to be heard.

Chris is a rare gem amongst unoriginal and uninspired "talent" that floods country radio these days. If you want soul, wrapped in authentic sound and laced with a unique blend of old and new.... You will want to check this album, and Chris' work out asap.

Just spend an hour watching his stuff online. You'll be blown away. And you'll be glad you randomly found him, just like I did.

This

WaylonandWillie,

This is what country music should always sound like. Will be one of the best albums of the year, along with Whitey Morgan and RWH. Can't wait to see Chris at Willie's Picnic on the 4th.

About Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton appeared to be one of those storybook overnight sensations: a troubadour who came out of nowhere to become a major star in the autumn of 2015 on the strength of his debut album Traveller. Like most overnight sensations, Stapleton had a long, hard road behind him. He had been laboring behind in the scenes in Nashville for years, leading the progressive bluegrass group the SteelDrivers and working as a professional songwriter, scoring hits with George Strait ("Love's Gonna Make It Alright"), Kenny Chesney ("Never Wanted Nothing More"), Luke Bryan ("Drink a Beer"), and Darius Rucker ("Come Back Song"). These tunes just scratched the surface of Stapleton's résumé: Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Tim McGraw all recorded his songs, as did Adele, who cut "If It Hadn't Been for Love" as a bonus track for her 2011 smash 21. All these covers signaled a deep reservoir of goodwill within the industry for the songwriter, and this goodwill bubbled to the surface in the fall of 2015, when he took home three major awards at the Country Music Association Awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. All these awards boosted his visibility, leading to four Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, and his first major hit, "Nobody to Blame."

It was success that was a long time coming. A native of Kentucky -- he was born in Lexington and raised in the smaller Staffordsville -- he moved to Nashville in 2001 in hopes of making it in country music. He signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music and started to work steadily, writing songs and paying bills through various jobs, and playing music all the while. In 2008, he formed the SteelDrivers, a bluegrass group that received quite a bit of acclaim over the next two years. In 2009, the group was named Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and the following year they received three Grammy nominations, including Best Bluegrass Album, for Reckless. Despite this success, Stapleton left the group in April 2010 and formed the Jompson Brothers with guitarist Greg McKee, bassist J.T. Cure, and drummer Brad McNamee. By 2013, the Southern rock band was no more, and Stapleton signed with Mercury Nashville, releasing "What Are You Listening To?" in October of that year. The single didn't go anywhere, so its accompanying album was scrapped, and he recorded a new record with co-producer Dave Cobb. This is the album that became Traveller, his solo debut.

Traveller appeared in May 2015 to strong reviews but it didn't do much on country radio; in fact, it was overshadowed by the chart-topping "Crash and Burn," a song Stapleton wrote with Jesse Frasure that was turned into a hit by Thomas Rhett. Nevertheless, its warm reception by critics and peers meant that it racked up a number of CMA nominations and, in a surprise to most observers, it took home three awards that December: Best Male Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year. Suddenly, Stapleton was a hot property, receiving four Grammy nominations a few weeks after the CMAs, and soon, all that acclaim turned into sales, with Traveller reaching number one on the U.S. country charts and receiving a Gold certification from the RIAA, while "Nobody to Blame" became his first country radio hit. "Parachute" charted even higher later in 2016 and Stapleton spent the rest of that year working on his second album with producer Dave Cobb. Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, From a Room was divided into two parts, with the first arriving in May 2017 and the second following in December 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Staffordsville, KY
  • BORN
    Apr 15, 1978