Chris Stapleton’s Creative Juices Appear to be Flowing Again
No matter how you feel about Chris Stapleton, it’s hard to not recognize that he shook the country music world to its core and caused a significant course correction for the genre when he was coronated as country’s next superstar at the 2015 CMA Awards. But since then his propensity to write new material has been lacking—something he’s addressed in interviews himself. Though he started on the mainstream side of music as a songwriter specifically, his output has significantly slowed over the last few years. His sister albums From A Room Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 from 2017 were mostly filled with previously-released material done anew. Stapleton’s success seems to have taken away some of his fire to create.
However this might be changing. Over this summer during his All-American Roadshow Tour, Stapleton has been featuring a couple of new songs. They may be selections he’s had in his pocket for a while (Stapleton was good at hoarding songs during his heyday of writing, as we’ve come to find out), or they may be brand new compositions. Either way, it’s a positive sign that new material from Stapleton is on the way, and perhaps he’s gotten back into the composing groove.
As we know about Stapleton, he likes to work a lot of soul and blues influences into his country, driven by his very soulful singing style. The first new song he’s been showcasing is called “Minimum Wage,” which is a blues song about being broke with a meaty groove. It was co-written with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame. Campbell also produced Marty Stuart’s last record Way Out West, so he’s no stranger to country.
The second new Chris Stapleton song has a sinister side. Called “Bad Side of The Blood,” it’s about being the black sheep of the family, and features the more country soul style of Stapleton. Amateur videos of both songs can be procured on the internet for those interested, or you can wait for the studio versions, which will undoubtedly sound better.
No word at the moment of when a new single or record should be coming from Stapleton, or when he might be heading into the studio. But either way, these two new songs could mean the creative juices are starting to flow for Stapleton again, and hopefully there’s more where these came from. Over the last couple of years, it appeared country music was beginning to suffer from a little “Stapleton fatigue” from all the success and awards he received. Now perhaps enough time has passed for the batteries to be recharged, for both Stapleton and the public.
September 14, 2019 @ 9:55 am
Randomly, if folks would like to keep up with my doings at AmericanaFest this week, you can follow me on Instagram where I’ll be posting regular updates about the artists I’m seeing:
September 14, 2019 @ 4:26 pm
That Charles Wesley Godwin set was absolute 🔥!
September 14, 2019 @ 10:17 am
This album will determine if Chris Stapleton will have staying power or will be a country music flavor of the year (for a few years). I would like to see more Southern rock, less mopey ballads. I also wish radio would play his singles more sporadically. It seems “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Millionaire” are entering into “Wagon Wheel” territory, a song that none of us never needs to hear again for five years.
September 15, 2019 @ 11:07 am
give me tennessee whisky or millionaire over rhett , aldone , luke bryan or kane brown all day long my friend …ALL DAY LONG . i’ll take heart and lyric over trend anytime
September 14, 2019 @ 10:20 am
One of my favorite songs of his has yet to make an album cut. “You should probably leave” performed during a musicians corner show in Nashville is the only place I’ve seen it and it is up to 10 million views since it was posted back in 2014. This deserves to be on an album.
Cool Lester Smooth
September 14, 2019 @ 2:48 pm
For my blood, “What Are You Listening To?” Is his best song – really want that to get the exposure of an album release (it’s a fucking fire single, too).
September 14, 2019 @ 10:38 am
He also recently hooked up John Mayer on his tour stop in Nashville and the 2 wrote a song together that day and performed it that night, with Mayer saying it was Stapleton’s idea. “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care”. I’m sure you already knew that, but it’s another example of his creative juices flowing.
September 14, 2019 @ 12:29 pm
Chris Stapleton made an appearance at Marty Stuart’s first night as artist in residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame on September 11, the night of the Americana Awards Ceremony. Stuart yielded the mike to Stapleton to sing Draggin’ around these Chains of Love. Stapleton killed it so much so that it seemed a tune he should record, perfectly suited to his voice and vocal style
September 14, 2019 @ 1:59 pm
I enjoy Chris’s stuff. Some of it lacks a bit of authenticity to me, but his talent makes up the difference. I get the same feeling when I listen to Kendell Marvell, again, the sheer talent makes up for whatever it is I perceive as “missing”.
The songwriter I want to see THIS update about is Jamey Johnson. Man, I’d love to hear some new original material from that fella!
September 14, 2019 @ 2:21 pm
I’m a fan of Chris’ country-blues-soul but think he was at his best when he was performing bluegrass with the SteelDrivers. Some damn fine singing/songwriting and all around musicianship in that group.
September 14, 2019 @ 3:44 pm
That’s where I discovered him. I was disappointed when he left, but he just took a breath and kept on going and singing his ass off. A voice like his could sing a phone book and get a resounding hell yeah from me.
September 14, 2019 @ 4:12 pm
Don’t know what in the world is up with Jamey Johnson. Wish he would record again.
September 15, 2019 @ 6:41 am
Since were talking Americana…..whatever the fuck that means these days……any chance you’ll review the release from The Lumineers?
It is straight up a masterpiece. Very dark theme of how addiction fucks up everyone and not just the addict. The accompanying videos are great as well.
One of the last songs “Jimmy Sparks” has a very “Carolina Drama” feel to it.
September 15, 2019 @ 8:53 am
I’ve covered The Lumineers previously. Might cover the new one.
September 15, 2019 @ 5:05 pm
I hope to hear your take. I really think it’s an amazing album. It really hits home for me. Salt and the Sea has a haunting piano that gives me the chills.
September 15, 2019 @ 6:49 am
Cool..say what you want but i still like that “put some drive in your country” Stapleton sound.
His singing with the Steeldrivers was also incredible, i still get back to those records from time to time…
September 15, 2019 @ 8:18 am
I heard him say in a podcast interview that he’s got enough songs for ten more albums or something. It may have been on Chris Shiflett’s “Walking the Floor” podcast.
September 15, 2019 @ 10:59 am
I just love Chris’s music. I could listen to it all night long! Awesome singer and deserves every award he gets.
September 15, 2019 @ 3:16 pm
I seen Chris Stapleton in Wichita, Ks. on August 22. Best concert I’ve ever been to. I hope he comes back soon.
September 15, 2019 @ 11:27 pm
I saw Chris Stapleton in Wichita also. I ve been to many, many, concerts from country to Rock, over a span of 40 yrs, and his concert was easily in the top 2!!I love his voice,style,and talent!! Cant wait for more!!!!
September 18, 2019 @ 11:26 am
His ” procreative” juices have also been flowing allot lately by looks of it. 😉