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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Traveller

1. Traveller

2. Fire Away

3. Tennessee Whiskey

4. Parachute

5. Whiskey And You

6. Nobody To Blame

7. More Of You

8. When The Stars Come Out

9. Daddy Doesn't Pray Anymore

10. Might As Well Get Stoned

11. Was It 26

12. The Devil Named Music

13. Outlaw State Of Mind

14. Sometimes I Cry

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Track List: Traveller (Single)

1. Traveller

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Track List: What Are You Listening To? (Single)

1. What Are You Listening To?

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clspitler
Chris is the best artist I have heard in a long time. He takes me back 25 years! He is so talented! Keep it going Chris!
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Ain't a song I don't like on Traveler!
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Outlaw has a hero Chris came when we needed a new Star keep bringing it.
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Whiskey and You & Parachute are my favorite songs by Chris❤️
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bighdtruck
I've always been an outlaw country junkie, so to have a modern day outlaw is awesome. I really like Chris Stapleton's music.
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cathyl198511 1 4
I love his voice❤
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Bad A**
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Chris brings on great flashbacks to classic Outlaw country!!
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nadeauco
Best country artist out there
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I like Tennesseewhi s k e y
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pandora sure gives us music we otherwise wouldn't hear, this guy is good
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Awesome! Enjoyed much
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I love Tennesseewhi s k e y
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Why so many private profiles commenting? Geez, who are u hiding from?
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countrykathy 6
Love this kind of music that you can understand with feeling and great voice and beat!!
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Haven't heard a song yet that I didn't love.
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If you listen to the lyrics it show that he puts a real life story in all of his songs I love it. ❤
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Wow , love this guy !! His music , voice touches the soul .... ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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gingeratnola s
contagious.. . . .
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This song is awesome and amazing
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Wow.
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2nokadar
I just listen to this awesome artist at the CMA's. He crushed it..
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jakegettings
Glad I gave his song a chance and didn't thumb down it, great song for sure
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Love it, wanna hear Cop Car by Keith Urban!
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rhondalines3
True country music, love this guy!
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=)
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softball4310
So good!
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My favorite new country singer
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Your as smooth as Tennessee wiskey
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Your as sweet as strawberry wine !!!!
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Love him so much. Talented man.
My papa love his songs
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redbirdrob7
I went to a Little Big Town show earlier this year and a Chris Stapleton concert broke out. That guy is awesome!! His wife isn't too shabby either! They sing great harmonies together!
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Nice !!
Well done!!
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lynnlehmann
First I heard him glad he is breaking great lyrics solid vocals pray the lord blessed him you go boy
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His songs come straight from the heart!!!! Love, love, love him!!!!
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I always have loved the Steeldrivers and a was left brokenhearte d when he left but he deserves to follow his solo dreams. I recently saw him up at the Santa Barbarabowl and he was outstanding.
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Love him!!!! What an amazing singer! His band is also very talented and lucky to work for him. I just want to thank the drummer( Derek: my cousin) for everything he has helped me through and for making me happy! I just loved seeing him at my aunts house. Love him and Chris stapleton
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Very talented man!
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catertrm
Amazing artist Great to see in person!
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pjtoal24
great good ole country music! Tells a story .
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rogerpreciad o
Love whiskey and brandy and good music
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Nice sound. I enjoy the sound with my cold one.
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Best new song I've heard in a while
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Since I'm all alone I might as well get stoned...... .
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Have been in love with Chris Stapleton's voice for years.
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pair of shoe
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Chris knows the deal, after all,he's a Kentuckian.. . . .
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Chris Stapleton and Jamey Johnson have single-hande d l y saved country music thank God for these two
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Finally some real country again
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having a bad day listen to this man sing and it goes away
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