Back when I was growing up, I was most-certainly a member of the overwhelming majority of mainstream listeners who thought Country Music as a whole was utter garbage, making jokes about its hokeyness & voicing the age-old opinion of “I listen to every genre of music…but Country” as if it was a valid statement that made you somehow cool amongst your peers; After all, adolescence is all about fitting in with those closest to you & shunning absolutely everything you find alien, right? Well, as time went on, I – like so many others – started realizing there was some merit to be gleaned from the realm of Country music, with the Indie Folk revolution of the late-noughties opening my eyes to the emotional resonance & authentic musicianship hiding within its traditionally niche appeal, leading to a nearly decade-long period of Country excellence as the Middle-American genre made its way into the mainstream with an increasingly Pop-leaning focus. Unfortunately, that bubble of prosperity started to show signs of strain as we reached the early-teens, with bands like Old Dominion & Florida Georgia Line homogenizing the genre to its extremes, so much so that you’d be hard-pressed to differentiate one of their bombastic electronic Dance Pop productions from something Coldplay or Macklemore created in the last five or so years, resulting in a loss of integrity & a sound so annoying we’d once-again found ourselves hating Country music in the same ways we had two decades before – Suddenly, as if sensing a disturbance in The Force & hoping to eradicate the market of any Sith lords who were tainting the genre’s pristine image, Chris Stapleton came out of the woodwork with an incredibly wholesome drifter aesthetic that took the world – both Country & otherwise – by storm, restoring the melodic balance we so desperately needed & giving the Red-Dirt, Outlaw & Honky Tonk groups hiding in the rafters an opportunity to spread their wings & improve their beloved genre’s damaged reputation. Just a short three years later, Country music is back to its prior splendor, with Stapleton’s From A Room, Volume 1 & From A Room, Volume 2 representing the very best of backwoods musicianship, opening the door for the industry to continue innovating for years to come.
4 albums, 43 tracks
Chris Stapleton’s voice is akin to love at first sight, where you just know, he’s the one. The Kentuckian’s debut album, 2015’s Traveller, is a milestone for the genre, encapsulating everything that I imagine good Country to be – rootsy, authentic, and a bridge to several other styles, be them Blues or R&B. The tracks here are revivalist in nature, within every note and vocal belt, showing that if it ain’t broke, don’t you dare fix it. The real treat ends up being the fact that these are all brand new originals recorded in the old way – a way that even a Country novice like myself recognizes instantly as the best way – when all music was great and had something deeper to say. I am not an outlaw, but I sure feel like one, going on a twisting southern gothic trip, throwing back whiskey with this biker looking dude and feeling what he feels. Music such as this makes you really want to be a traveller.
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- Jun 05, 2019Hear Chris Stapleton’s Toy Story 4 Song “The Ballad Of The Lonesome Cowboy”
- May 29, 2019Chris Stapleton's Wife Morgane Reveals Their Newborn's Sex and Shares First Photo of Baby's Face
- May 12, 2019Chris Stapleton and Wife Morgane Welcome Their Fifth Child: 'The Most Perfect Mother's Day'
- Apr 29, 2019Chris Stapleton played a White Walker in last night's 'Game of Thrones'
- Feb 20, 2019ACM Awards 2019: Dan + Shay, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton Lead Nominations
- Feb 17, 2019Fender Just Reissued an Amp from 1962 for Chris Stapleton
- Feb 15, 2019Chris Stapleton on Creating New Signature Fender Amp, Singing for Dolly Parton
- Feb 13, 2019Fender Just Reissued an Amp from 1962 for Chris Stapleton
- Mercury Nashville
- Warner/Chappell Music (WCM)
Christopher Alvin Stapleton (born April 15, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Staffordsville, Kentucky, until moving to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2001 to pursue a career in music writing songs. Subsequently, Stapleton signed a contract with Sea Gayle Music to write and publish his music.
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