Chris Stapleton Teases “Starting Over”
This story has been updated (see below).
November 13th, 2020—a.k.a. ten days after the Presidential election in the United States, or when we can expect the still-undermined results of a contested referendum to be bogged down in the courts, with the uncertainty in the outcome resulting in widespread protests on both sides of the political spectrum and regular skirmishes breaking out in between, commonly descending into riots and looting as day gives into night, steadily escalating until the suspension of basic services is necessary in certain areas as rolling blackouts and the loss of utilities slowly tear at the fabric of society until many parts of the country descend into a bonafide hellscape and a full-blown hot civil war breaks out between cities and rural areas with the suburbs in between being set ablaze like funeral pyres.
But hey, at least we’ll have some new music from Chris Stapleton to listen to. Possibly, at least. So yay!
On Monday (8-24), those horny for new Chris Stapleton music got their worlds rocked when the Kentucky singer and songwriter wiped his social media feeds clean and posted a teaser video complete with fire, loud guitar riffs, foreboding backup choruses, horses running free, and insects eating each other. Very clearly, this is all rich symbolism for the post-apocalyptic landscape we’ll be living in when November 13th rolls around that Chris Stapleton looks to soundtrack with what will likely be his fourth solo album, possibly to be titled (and appropriately so), Starting Over.
Since we’re so far out, and labels hate to promote records through the holidays, this November 13th date they’re touting is more likely an album release date as opposed to a single, meaning we may hear a new song or songs from the bearded one sooner rather than later, especially if they want to send it to radio and have it nearing the top of the charts by the time the album comes out. But we’ll see.
UPDATE: Chris Stapleton sent a tweet out Tuesday afternoon (8/25) saying there would be a new song at noon on Thursday (8/27).
Chris Stapleton debuted a new song live called “Starting Over” first in October of 2019, and played it off and on before the pandemic. The words “Starting Over” also appear in his profile picture on Twitter at the moment, but that may just be the name of the first single, not the album. Also from the teaser video, it appears Stapleton is recording in Studio ‘A’ in Nashville once again, which means Dave Cobb is likely involved, who you might see in the bottom right of the shot at the 10-second frame (see below).
“Starting Over” joins a host of other new songs Stapleton has been playing live over the last year or two, including one called “Minimum Wage” with a blues attitude and meaty groove that was co-written with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame. Another one is called “Bad Side of The Blood” about being the black sheep of the family, and features more of the country soul style of Stapleton. A couple of other new ones are lurking out there as well, and amateur video of all these songs are floating out there if you want to take a peek.
Stapleton’s breakout album, 2015’s Traveller remains a permanent fixture in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country Albums chart, resting at #7 this week. His From ‘A’ Room installments from 2017 also continue to fare well, but not nearly at that level. Since the From ‘A’ Room volumes were made up of material the public had mostly heard previously, it’s exciting to see Stapleton working with some new songs.
Though some began suffering from Stapleton burnout after all of his success after the 2015 CMA Awards, he remains an important figure to returning roots and substance to the mainstream, and the release of a new song and album would be an important moment—that is if we’re all still alive to witness it.
Stay safe my friends.
August 25, 2020 @ 9:50 am
Someone said he could just be announcing a new baby.
August 25, 2020 @ 2:21 pm
That’s Thomas Rhett marketing…
This is Chris Stapleton type of marketing. Of course it will be music!!
John R Baker
August 25, 2020 @ 9:59 am
That clip is intense enough that there may be some synchronicity. Maybe he’s preparing for the apocalyptic hellscape to come.
August 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am
I hope the song Chris and John Mayer wrote turns up somewhere in some format in the future, such a catchy little number (albeit not particularly country) – looking forward to some good Stapleton stuff by the end of 2020 hopefully!
August 25, 2020 @ 10:40 am
Really like that song, but the only arrangement I’ve seen is very, very John.
Chris’ vocals in accompaniment sound great on anything though.
theres my kids n thats my wife but whose that Lil Dale runin my life?
August 25, 2020 @ 10:22 am
Id like to downgrade my review of traveler to a half gun up.
August 25, 2020 @ 10:23 am
I still watch his SNL spots on a weekly basis, especially the one of him and Stu doing “Midnight Train to Memphis”.
I wouldn’t mind him trying a heavier, bluesy record.
August 25, 2020 @ 11:03 am
Chris did a brilliant heavy blues and southern rock record in 2010. Its called The Jompson Brothers. Seems like few fans know about this album. Its pure rock and roll. Its him and a drummer and bassist. His vocals, guitar and songwriting. It rocks like AC/DC. Ive been cranking it awhile. Check it out if you haven’t already. His voice sounds amazing next to a guitar with screaming distortion.
Personally I hope the upcoming is more of a honky tonk record with steel. But Dave Cobb again? Sigh…probably a volume 3 of the previous sound….i hope I’m wrong.
August 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
I liked the Jompson Brothers album at the time. I had a buddy that was a diehard Steeldrivers fan and was obsessed with it when it came out. I just don’t think it aged very well – just feels a little kitschy to me if I listen to it nowadays.
Given an added decade of experience, I think he would make something very different. But like you said, with Cobb in the fold, it’s unlikely that the volume knob gets cranked too far. I just meant “heavier” relative to From a Room, which I thought was needlessly stretched to two albums and kind of boring, though wildly successful.
August 25, 2020 @ 4:58 pm
”honky tonk record with steel.”
August 25, 2020 @ 5:39 pm
I’ve given The Jompson Brothers record a few spins over the years, but…aren’t 90% of the songs solely about his penis?
August 27, 2020 @ 12:47 am
Lol what?? No haha. Just Ride my Rocket and Secret Weapon, lol.
August 25, 2020 @ 10:35 am
Looks like and ad for his new signature fragrance, Duster Juice for Men. But don’t quote me on that.
August 25, 2020 @ 11:09 am
Is that really a thing?
Too lazy to look it up right now.
In the middle of a Grisham book
August 25, 2020 @ 11:33 am
Not yet, but that would be far from shocking at this point. The fact that you had to ask says it all. I kept waiting for Johnny Depp to appear.
August 25, 2020 @ 11:36 am
Curiosity & all, trying to look it up under urban slang, etc.
Guess you’re just going to keep feeding me rope …
August 25, 2020 @ 11:07 am
He just sent out a tweet that a song (starting over) will be released Thursday at noon
August 25, 2020 @ 11:35 am
Your first paragraph was spot on.
August 25, 2020 @ 2:17 pm
In terms of streaming,
The biggest country stars are going to be
And Chris Stapleton this fall…
August 25, 2020 @ 5:46 pm
And I think I ok with all three. I think Wallen could mature into something. He has some growing up to do, and his association with FGL is unforgivable, but he has the chops.
I am for Combs as long as he still sells based upon his songs and not just because he is Combs. Sometimes that lulls one into complacency.
Stapleton is a given. He is a blues singer in country music. Nothing wrong with that. I’m in. But make no mistake, he is blues country. We got room for that too.
Don’t have room for some of the other crap.
August 25, 2020 @ 6:18 pm
Wouldn’t be room for Chris Stapleton I’d there wasn’t JTE
August 26, 2020 @ 8:04 pm
can’t decide what’s worse that awfully edited teaser, triggers ridiculous first paragraph or Stapleton in general.
August 29, 2020 @ 6:46 am
New album to be released on November 13th. Great news.