Kentucky born singer-songwriter and producer Chris Stapleton released his debut studio album ‘Traveller’ in May 2015 through Mercury Records Nashville to huge success. The album was labelled album of the year at the Country Music Awards, with the title track also winning Best Country Solo Performance. ‘Traveller’ initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No.1 where it remained for 2 weeks. Us folks in the UK are now able to experience the album as it’s given a full release this side of the pond.
The album is the perfect fusion of country, soul and blues reaching out to audiences of both popular country music and old school country.
Intimacy is Stapleton’s hallmark. He doesn’t require any fancy studio embellishments to make his album a worthwhile venture and that’s perhaps why he’s gained such a faithful following. His music is honest, soul searching, original and his passion seeps into every single track. His style is somewhat refreshing in a sea of music that becomes so awash with generic lyrics and studio techniques that it loses all individuality.
The opening single ‘Traveller’ is a good old honest Southern country song about the artists personal travel through life as he pursues his dreams and his music and is one of the standout tracks from the album. ‘Tennessee Whisky’ is another favourite demonstrating Stapleton’s unique vocals. Stapleton strips the track ‘Whisky and You’ down to the bare bones. Just him and his guitar, giving his lyrical genius a chance to shine through on this truly touching song.
There are no gimmicks on this album, just pure sincerity which is maybe why Stapleton manages to win the hearts of so many.
‘Traveller’ is out now via Mercury Records Nashville.
This Chris Stapleton article was written by Samantha Melrose, a GIGsoup contributor.