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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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Fire Away Baby!!!!!!
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Look up Jompson Brothers - Barely Alive
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Almost Heaven, West Virginia, LOVES Chris!!! Come to The Owen Schmidt's Tavern.
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Tennessee whiskey is great to..all of theme are��������
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Fire away is good so is no body to blame
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Love him and Fire away❤️
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So full of soul an heart, love the music!
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Few and far between singer song writers materialize to such great music great work.
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burke.jl
On repeat on my itunes... so i love when i catch it on Pandora at work
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Amazing I'm so in love with this song
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Love your music , your what country really is..
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Most moving voice.
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You are the man!! Love the music
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You're great man love all your music ��������
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I want to know which Chris you like best....The steel driver Chris or the nobody to blame chris???comm e n t your thought!!!
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jgoldie80
Say I if you love Christmas I know I do
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melloyn
After seeing him perform Tennessee whisky at the CMA's last year, I fell in love with his voice. Love all of his songs. He is AWESOME. Have this station on everyday at work.
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fran0747
I was introduced to Chris by my 21 year old grandson (also a musician). Love his music. Chris can be a blues-man also.
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jgoldie80
YOU ARE AWSOME
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cathy57sanch e z
Love them all!
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alivenhv
Was introduced to Chris a few weeks ago! Fell in love with his voice! My favorite song on this album is "Tennessee Whiskey."
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I live for his song parachute
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He's sooo Smooth and I Love the Soulful Spirit in his voice!!!
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This album and artist is everything great about country music other artists need to take notes. Love Chris!
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Love this. Last sight of country
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1.8 million people have discovered real country. About time it makes a comeback.
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About the only one left of real country...
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To Nancy...: Amazing artist...cat c h the video?
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Oh so smooth and sweet...
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New guy to me and love it!
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New to me and love it!
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nancytontan
Parachute is the best lyric since "When a Man Loves a Woman", period.
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He is awesome
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Fire away strikes a cord with me. A beautiful, haunting ballad. Chris is a talent to be reckoned with and deserves to shrine for his amazing lyrics and singing. Each song on Traveller is a piece of a road map to life. Absolutely amazing. One of the best albums in a long time!
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One of the best hands down
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yedidaadvanc e d
This man is just incredibly talented
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yedidaadvanc e d
Fire away, superb
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GREAT MUSIC AND VOICE
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Simply out of this world!
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ker79526
Not often a voice like his comes along. Stay with it brother, and stay country. Real sick of the new dirt road rap! They should start up another genre for that crap, and bring COUNTRY BACK!!!
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stands with Willie, Waylon, and the old skool boys of country
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I love Chris Spapleton he is the best singer of all time
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KEEP it country Chris...THAN K S
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Might as well get stoned!!!!
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Finally! Some real country....n o t pop country
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asbiphone
He is a breath of fresh air!
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I,love him and his song Tennessee Whiskey
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So awesome
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Keep 'em coming Chris!
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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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