“Either Way” will be the lead single from Chris Stapleton’s upcoming second album From A Room: Volume 1. This is the news out of the Chris Stapleton camp after finally releasing the title, track list, and pre-order options ahead of the May 5th release of the record. The album will be proceeded by From A Room: Volume 2 later in 2017 according to Stapleton’s label, Mercury Nashville.
Though Chris Stapleton’s success on mainstream country radio has been moderate, sales of his debut record Traveller have dominated the album charts since November of 2015 as word of mouth and grassroots support have remained strong for the Kentucky native. No word on when “Either Way” may be shipped to radio, or if it will be made available to consumers ahead of the album.
Before launching his own solo career, Chris Stapleton was a revered songwriter and session singer up and down Music Row, and this is evidenced in the history of the song “Either Way.” First appearing on Lee Ann Womack’s critically-acclaimed album Call Me Crazy from 2008, the song is at least 9 years old, and was recorded when Stapleton was actively involved in the bluegrass group The SteelDrivers.
Along with Stapleton, songwriters Kendall Marvel, and Tim James are given credit on the track, and Stapleton sang backup to Womack on her original version. Womack’s take on “Either Way” was never released as a single, but it is one of the signature songs from the album, and was one of many contributions that began to call recognition to Stapleton as an emerging talent in the songwriting space.
Chris Stapleton performed “Either Way” at CRS, or the Country Radio Seminar in February of 2016—the annual radio convention in Nashville where artists regularly showcase material that will likely be released to radio later on.
“I’m going to play something not on the record,” Stapleton said at the time. “It’s about time for me to start thinking about making another [album] pretty soon, and my wife always liked this song.”