The Nashville songwriter, Chris Stapleton, has written hit upon hit for other artists, but it’s now his turn to shine. His new solo debut album, “Traveller”, showcases a variety of musical styles with a very distinctive sound that’s all his own.
Over the course of his acclaimed career, Stapleton has written songs for other artists as diverse as Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and reached No. 1 with songs he wrote for George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker. He also co-wrote Luke Bryan‘s “Drink a Beer,” which hit No. 1 and was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards, and most recently co-wrote the new Thomas Rhett single, “Crash and Burn.” He’s also won eight ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films including “Cars 2” and “Valentine’s Day.”
To celebrate the release, Stapleton recently performed the album track “Tennessee Wiskey” on ABC’s “The View.” And earlier this month, he made his network television solo debut on the “Late Show With David Letterman” where he performed the first single.
Already receiving widespread critical acclaim, The Fader proclaims, “…Traveller is easily, and naturally, the year’s strongest country debut…it’s got the best parts of the genre: softness within toughness,” while the Los Angeles Times asserts, “…positions him among the ranks of a new wave of musicians who are mindful of tradition but who also are striving to inject fresh ideas and modes of expression into country and bluegrass” and The New York Times praises, “On this howling, earthy, spacious album, Mr. Stapleton’s voice is liquor-thick and three-drinks limber. That’s not the modern country model of manliness, which is preening and glossy, but a reminder of the genre’s haggard strain that long predates it.”
The much-anticipated “Traveller” more than meets the expectations of a debut disc by a singer-songwriter who’s been a well-known secret in Nashville for years” and Stereogum calls it an, “…expansive, explosive solo album. “Traveller” is all over the map, but the journey he takes us on might damn well be the trip of a lifetime. Country music doesn’t need a goddamn savior, but if you’re into all that dogma, this record is a sermon worth hearing.”
Of the album, Stapleton comments, “I had an advance copy of the record in my hand, and I was sitting there thinking, ‘There’s a lot of me on this record,'” Stapleton said. “There’s songs that are the 23-year-old me on this record, the 28-year-old me playing in bands, the 30-year-old who just got married. There’s the 37-year-old with two kids and in-laws living close by, and my mother living down the street.”
TRAVELLER ALBUM TRACKLIST:
2. Fire Away
3. Tennessee Whiskey
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
Stapleton will be performing on a series of shows opening for Eric Church’s ‘Outsiders’ tour this summer on top of taking the stage for a few headlining performances this spring including an album release show at New York’s Mercury Lounge and two shows at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom.
He is also confirmed to perform at New York’s Farmborough Festival on June 26, Delaware’s Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 27, Louisville’s Forecastle Festival on July 18 and Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival on September 5.
See a complete list of his confirmed TOUR DATES here!