We may know Chris Stapleton best as a country music songwriter, having penned Number 1 hits “Never Wanted Nothing More” (Kenny Chesney), “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” (George Strait), “Come Back Song” (Darius Rucker), and “Drink a Beer” (Luke Bryan). However, Stapleton is also a vocalist in his own right, preparing to drop his debut album Traveller.
The lead release off the album is the title track in which Stapleton taps into his Bluegrass roots (as a Kentucky native), filling the song with the plucking of strings and vibrant, vivacious vocals to create a perfect marriage of folk, country, and rock influences. Sharing his life as a man on the go, Stapleton utilizes his God-given incomparable instrument to express the gypsy-like behavior he exhibits.
I’m just a traveller on this earth, sure as my heart is behind the pocket of my shirt. I just keep rolling till I hit the dirt ’cause I’m a traveller. Oh, I’m a traveller. I couldn’t tell you, honey. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’ve got to go ’cause every turn reveals some other load, and I’m a traveller.
Stapleton doesn’t proclaim to be in any one place for very long, because once the winds shift, he will find an alternate path to an unknown destination. In one simple, albeit profound, lyric, Stapleton defines that which is the life of a man on the move: “always lost and nowhere bound.”
“Traveller” serves as the introduction to Stapleton’s album, due out in May, and purports to show that the highly acclaimed and respected singer-songwriter intends to reveal the whole of himself on his project. If Stapleton is able to garner the type of positive response he rightfully deserves upon the release of the offering, he will find that he’s only traveling in one direction — upward.
Listen to Chris Stapleton’s “Traveller”