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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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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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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post on 5 different songs
Then look under your pillow
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There aren't many real country singers like Chris Stapleton
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I love chris stapleton his music is so cool.
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1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Choose a school day
5. Say your name
6. Open your hand
7. Repost this on 15 other songs and your crush will tell you they like you on that school day
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINS. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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The old school rasp brings back that patrioticall y filling people been missing for a while.
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Thank God for hillbilly's
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He is counrty music, LOVE the voice! Keep'em coming. Seen him in concert one of the best shows i seen in 2016.
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George Jones "the opossum" sang this song originally, and better, yet Chris is doing a good job of bringing back the classic type of country music.
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Tennessee whiskey
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rachofeb2
"...warm as a glass of Brand-dayyyy y . . " LOVE the sh*t out this Song<3
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This is some of the best music out there
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larryhu19583
They sound perfect on this track.
I really like it a lot.
It has a special place in my heart!!
✌️
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nappy_xxl
not huge fan of country, but this is some good stuff.
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One grain of sand
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Soroerite dukes of hazardous bios Munster raineer
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twodoks
LOVE LOVE LOVE him!!!!!!!!

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ray.oellig7
Freezor80 .... Stapleton: "I wrote this song in my garage apartment that I lived in when I first moved to Nashville. One of the first and lasting friends I made in Nashville was a singer/songw r i t e r / m u s i c i a n named Jimmy Stewart. I don't remember who called who or if we had just happened to wind up at my apartment. In those days, the two of us would habitually sit up all night and play fiddle tunes or listen to bluegrass songs we both loved. So anyway, this particular night we started writing a s
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pair of shoes
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Until I heard the artist's name, I would've bet this was Travis Tritt.
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best yet
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Really like his voice!!!
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CHRIS CAME OUT OF NOWHERE HAS WON EVERY AWARD OUT THERE! GREAT VOCALS GREAT COMPOSER! WHAT A GIFT HE IS!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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garymfarmer
Mmmm jbb jb imuj ij thr tkth ou y uhhi UK
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You all know this is a cover of a David Allen Coe song right?
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Kiss your hand and make a circle ten times and you will feel a twinge inside your hand. For this to work you have to post this on 5 other artists.
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Huge Chris Stapleton fan here...
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I agree with pop music is driving everybody crazy they need to come out with radio stations that play real country music and not get banned like Florida Georgia Line and that faget Luke Bryan
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donjohn25
If you're looking for real music, music that hits the soul hard and tells the stories of life, you've found it in Chris Stapleton.
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sarahm855
This is the way country should sound! These country pop people are so out of touch with America.
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Mmmmmmmm Tennessee whiskey : ))))
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This is a Blackman who thought the song TN WISKY SONG WAS A SONG THAT REACH INSIDE YOU.mani love SONG sound like you may have some sole or some blues inside you man.i sang that song from start to end.you know my family think I have lost my mine playing CW IN THE HOOD BUT I DONT CARE.thanks man for a dam I like.you got yourself a back fan in the hood.
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Nice
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one of my favorite singers love this song tho
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Love love this man
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reminds me of growing up in Pikeville, KY love it
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I think I could dig him....
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He is amazing
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Such an amazing voice
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Best artist to come out in a long time I would like to hear him sing some of his earlier songs he wrote for others
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Real stuff about dang time
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YOU bring back the country music I listened to when I was young thanks for the good tunes
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Love this song! Reminds me of grown up in Billings Montana! You rock Country boy Chris Stapleton!��
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could be one of the last rebels of country...no w - a - d a y s the wear baseball caps..sneake r s . . . c r a p like that....no soul in the music...I love this stuff
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a country john prine
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I absolutely love Chris Stapleton's music. There's only a select few that can sing this same way live as they do in a recording studio and he is one of them.
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This song sucks because it always makes me think that it's going to be Etta James but then it ends up being this song.. I guess he could be an ok artist but at least do an original song rather than put your lyrics over existing work.
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