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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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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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Thanks for stopping by and preforming Chris.
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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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Luv his voice!!!!!!!
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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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Don't read this u will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life now that u have read this don't stop u will have bad luck post this on 15 of songs in 143 minutes when u r done press space and your crush name will show up this actually works
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San Jose nights!!
When the stars come out!!
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soooooooooo good
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bradkrasek
So honest...so true...somet i m e s I'm drunk..somet i m e s I'm stoned...dan g it...I LOVE YOU CHRIS STAPLETON
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maggiekksb
4 u
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One of those not so new, singers.
Been around, nice cd.
Not a bad song.
My opinion!!
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Can ya SNORT it!??? Ha!

Silly Angel!
KILLER tune, and with EVERY song on this Lp
Truly amazing!
A few very special dedications to my man.......be c a u s e you ARE sweeter than strawberry �� wine ��, Baby....

Yummmmmmmmmm m . . . . . . . .
08oP
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Love this song
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You know that's right!!
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True Country

08oD
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agreed him jamey johnson and aaron lewis are the best and only current real country singers
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Finally, some REAL country
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Awesome music. Listen to this everyday with my wife!
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bobbydavis.1 2 2 9
Great vocalist and performer. ��������
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harriskathle e n a
Wow...this is country blues at its finest!
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❤❤❤❤❤
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LOVE this guy, . . And I'm not always crazy about country! Lol.
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kmomerso
Sounds like a young Warren Haynes, awesome voice!
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shadow02.tm
Amazing...nu f f said!!!
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He's got an amazing voice. Tennessee Whiskey is my favorite song.
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I agree with Wes
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Off topic for a minute, these chain messages do absolutely nothing.
Back on topic: I can't wait for Chris to put out more stuff to start to force this bro country crap off the radio...
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kiss your hand. then say your crushes name 10 times. repost this on 2 songs. then look at ur hand
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Say ur name 10 times
Say ur moms 5 times
Say ur crushes 3 times
Post this on 4 other songs and this coming Friday he/she will kiss u
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anamary0721
Bad a** country Singer is an understateme n t . I'm in love.
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Badass country Singer he's like old and new style
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I miss my daughter I miss my wife but the devil named music and is taking my life
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I'm nine I love him and also Charlie Daniels
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Beautiful voice! Think I saw him featured on CBS's "Sunday Morning" earlier this year?
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Fiiiiiiiiire away.......I M NOT AFRAID! talented singer here..love that twang chris!
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Preaching to the choir... Until I hear that twang.
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gemeterio62
poeme36 sounds like alotta songs just enjoy
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gemeterio62
Wish chris was still with the steeldrivers
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maggiekksb
And Ten. Whisk
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maggiekksb
Tried to sing Power of Love.. too high for me. Stapleton is perfect easy to sing his songs two I love
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