Chris Stapleton has a long list of accomplishments including, several # 1 hits, countless awards nominations, and has partnered with some of the most respected artists in country music, and now, he can add his debut album “Traveller” to that list. It is a solid 14 tracks of Stapleton’s rugged sound that will not disappoint.
Stapleton will take you from a bluesy “Tennessee Whiskey” as he brings his voice to new heights, to an upbeat rock sound in “Parachute” effortlessly.
A simple guitar supports “Whiskey and You”, and his voice is vulnerable in the powerful “Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore”, with an instrumental break that will have you soaking in every last note.
“Daddy doesn’t pray anymore
guess he’s finally walking with Lord
He used to fold his hands, bow his head down to the floor
Daddy doesn’t pray anymore”
The electric guitars make an appearance in “Might As Well Get Stoned” and his voice becomes dark and rebellious, along with the lyrics, in “Outlaw State Of Mind”,
“I’ve seen the devil in the dark coal mine”.
He closes with “Sometimes I Cry”, an immediate raspy resonance, and an overflowing of emotion as he conquers the first verse,
“There are days where I can walk around like I’m alright,
and I pretend to wear a smile on my face,
and I can keep the pain from coming out of my eyes,
but sometimes, sometimes, sometimes I cry”
With minimal production, Stapleton shows true musicianship and vocal ability throughout this record. His voice at the forefront, and his organic country sound mixes well with his deep and thought out lyrics. It is apparent he put every ounce of passion for music he has into this album. You can listen to “Traveller” with ease, the same way you would listen to a timeless and classic record.
Catch Chris TONIGHT on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:35/11:35C!