You may think Chris Stapleton busted onto the scene just in 2015, but he’s been behind the scenes making country artists famous for over a decade now. He’s one of the most successful country writers in the business, dishing out over 150 songs for big names like Tim McGraw, Kenny Rodgers, George Strait, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Braid Paisley. He’s also co-inked songs alongside notables like Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, and Sheryl Crow. And if that list of hall of fame names ain’t enough, I’ll throw down my trump card, Adele. Yeah.
Before America knew Chris Stapleton as The Chris Stapleton, he was the frontman for the Nashville bluegrass band The Steeldrivers from 2008-2010. Though the group found success, it wasn’t until Stapleton released his solo debut album Traveller in 2015 that put him on the fast track to fame and stardom. And by fame, I’m talking over 1.6 million records sold domestically, number one on the US Billboard 200, three Country Music Association awards – Best Male Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year – and two Grammy nods: Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance. Not bad for a “first timer.” I’d also like to add a joint performance with Justin Timberlake that rocked the house at the CMAs.
So to what does the man with so much fame owe his success? It’s pretty simple – going back to his roots. He recorded Traveller in the famous Nashville RCA Studio A with old time friends and former band members, bassist J.T. Cure, pedal steel player Robby Turner, drummer Derek Mixon, Mickey Raphael on the harmonica, and his lovely wife Morgane Stapleton accompanying the harmonies. His wife also helped him with song choice, as the album was a collection of the best songs written over the past 15 years. I think they did a pretty damn good job sifting through all of those songs because they have stolen America’s hearts and souls.
Stapleton’s music is nothing like the phony country pop music you hear on the radio nowadays. He is a blast from the past and does a tremendous job blending blues, rock, and country into one unique sound that jerks many poignant emotions for the listener. The album is a true story of Stapleton’s life, where he carefully guides you along the rollercoaster that will have you laughing at one song and crying the next. If there’s one word to describe his album and his concerts, it’s passionate.
Whether you’re brand new to country or a long time fan, one thing’s for sure, he’s gonna put on one helluva show at The Palms Resort come March 30th. And if we don’t see you in Vegas, be sure to check him out while he’s on tour from March into August this year. We promise he won’t disappoint.
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(Note: this article was written with Chris Stapleton soothing the airwaves in the background.)