@brian_mansfield They are just amazing. When I first heard Blue Side Of the Mountain, I was blown away. They blend Bluegrass, Soul and Blues in away I just hadn't heard in bluegrass. His voices has so much emotion. I'm glad he finally has gotten the recognition he deserves.
The thing a lot of people who've discovered Stapleton in the last few years don't realize is how many songs of his other people have recorded. (I knew he'd had some success, but I was surprised when I went back and looked at just how much success he'd had — he even had a bonus track on an Adele album).
I remember watching video after video of his live performances of then-unproduced songs he'd been writing on YouTube and waiting in the news for some word of when/if he was ever going to release them. Even though I've got Premium, I bought the album on iTunes the day it came out, because I wanted to support what I thought was great music as much as I possibly could. All the major artists in the industry were tweeting about it when it was released, but no one seemed to notice for a long time. I wanted him to be recognized so badly. I shared him with everyone I knew. Then he became a household name within four minutes on an awards show I refused to watch out of contempt for the direction of Nashville at the time. Suddenly, good music was back on the mainstream country radio stations where I lived. It's really cool having that feeling that "I caught on first" and I feel like before Spotify that never really happened. I wasn't discovering new artists. Love the new singles, I think it'll be a really cool album. If you haven't seen him live, you definitely should. I remember wanting to head to Nashville to see him open for Jason Isbell at the Ryman before he got big, and only a year later I was watching Jason Isbell 'open' for Chris in Philly. The guys I'm waiting to blow up now are Jeffrey Martin, Caamp, and Colter Wall. Colter Wall's got Dave Cobb producing his next album, so keep an eye out for that.
@giggoers thanks for the recommendations. I need to see him live. He conveys so much emotion in a studio recording, I imagine live that's just magnified. I was like you, sharing his music with anyone I could when I found the Steeldrivers. I'd be showing people were no fan of country and especially not bluegrass because he is that good.
Hey y'all, I just love Chris Stapleton. His albums with the Steeldrivers are phenomenal and I really love his solo stuff. I don't want to grave dig an old thread, but has "Sometimes I Cry" disappeared for anyone else? It's absolutely one of my favorites from him and I felt like I was losing my mind when it wasn't in my playlist anymore. It's just not appearing on the album at all and doesn't come up in search.
@bbrady68 It's really a great example of what makes him so special. He has a voice that goes beyond genre boundaries. When I first heard him in Steel Drivers what came to mind was how he brought a blues/soul quality with his voice.
On a side note what does everyone think of the new tracks?