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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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Absolutely love his voice!
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donnastarr63
Finally real country music again
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Yea I love the old sound and style he is bringing to country radio these days, when it's more like straight up pop radio with a little twang, IF THAT! Keep bringing the real sound back to this generation now, talked to a kid the other day who had never heard of George Strait. WTF PPL
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He is bringing back the sound of old country music. Not this new Sam Hunt hip hop s**t, but genuine country music. Thank you Chris Stapleton.
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The bottom of the bottle is always dry...
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True story, but then again he never prayed. But, I'll take care of that for him!! Man this man touch's my sole.
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Can't get enough of Chris Stapleton's music! Pure country. Soulful lyrics. The new outlaw in town! Just an awesome singer backed up with his wife. Love love his voice!
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I like this song, a lot. Great song CHRIS.
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socratesjw
Best New Artist? Stapleton has been playing for years. The recording industry's prepackaged formulas just didn't find him. He paid his dues and produced amazing music.
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This here is a man with soul!! Absolutely love the cracklin in his rough voice. Could make a woman fall in love lol his ladies one lucky lady. Lol but I definitely have become a fan. Keep up the good work.
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ervzq08
Love love love this song!!! So hits home!
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A true life lesson, music with soul. Moves people like music is supposed too. Great job Chris!!!!! Can't wait to hear your new songs.
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Love Chris Staplton
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I like all his music even though i don't like blue grass it is the best blue grass i have ever heard
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Usually don't listen to this music genre, but he is awesome.
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Something, bout his voice?? Keep listening till I figure it out. lol
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daphsjunk

Don't read this.you will be kisses on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started, but don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters. This is so freaky it actually works.
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Real Music! Gets me through the day!
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Love your music Chris! Your voice makes me feel the emotions in your lyrics!
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i dont buy many CD's.... i heard this and i was sold
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I love you so much
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What are you listening to?? I'm listening to this GREAT voice with SOUL rhythm. Voice Swagger? He's go it.
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Can't wait to see him in concert! The Country 500 in Dayton, 5 weeks! A birthday weekend I hope I never forget! Love his music!
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Your Music Takes me to places.Love your style.
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Don't read this. On the nearest Friday, you will be kissed by the love of your life. Now that you've read this far, repost this on 15 songs in 143 minutes
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About time
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I love his music there so much more to his music than other music today and you can just feel the emotion. If you know what I mean
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Love to slow dance to this. Nice!!!!!
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dwsavells3
Love this guy, just awesome!
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Finally back to the real country music like back in the 70's-80's
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This ole boy is a stud, love his music.
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ecrews29
Love, love, love Chris Stapleton! What an amazing voice and artist!
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chris stapleton awesome singer to listen too
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f150camp
Just back to the basic good old fashion hard work
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I love your songs
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Strawberry Wine
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Chris Stapleton's voice touches an old chord in me, body and soul. He drew me into The Steeldrivers ; to hear his voice alone is thrilling.
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Hope Chris brings back traditional country music and not the new junk that comes out of Nashville now....
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I will agree with that this is real country music you have to check out the Still The SteelDrivers check out Sturgill Simpson he is the new Waylon Jennings Chris Steffen Lincoln is our new George Jones slash Merle Haggard we'll listen to that stupid radio music and listen to some real country music
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Love your country sound better than w/ the Steele Drivers
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Terrible that country music radio ignored him until last year until everyone heard him on the awards show and BOOM!!
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Love listening to this, sing it loud & proud. Always sang it when we went out !!!!! Fact!!!!! Great memories for ever.
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Now chris thats brandy on the rocks bud......lov e just herts no matter how high the love gets when its over oh man it herts like hell ur song feeds the soul to forgivness and wheb the urge to let go doesnt seem to be there light shines in the darkest days of our lives
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Now that's country - great voice.
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maylehooch
I love your song nobody to blame
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What the ------- ? When did Mearl pass.
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lmurray71
We need much more of this in country music. With the passing of Merle Haggard yesterday the really good ones are getting less and less. Love rock n roll but when I want to listen to country music I want country NOT rock and roll.
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alwarman06
Love songs
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If you want to hear the best version of Tennessee Whiskey go to YouTube and listen/watch it performed live at the 2015 CMA Awards with Stapleton accompanied by Justin Timberlake.. . . i t will give you chills!
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