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Recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A, with additional production at The Castle and Blackbird Studio, Traveller was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded by Vance Powell (Jack White). In addition to renditions of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove's "Tennessee Whiskey" and Don Sampson's "Was It 26," the album features 12 original songs, including fan favorite "Sometimes I Cry."
Chris Stapleton s Traveller to Be Released This Spring
By JON CARAMANICA
FEB. 20, 2015
At the 2013 CMA Awards, Luke Bryan performed Drink a Beer, probably the most melancholic number of his brawn-and-booze career. He sat on a stool, surrounded by smoke, in a noncommittal T-shirt and jeans and sang about losing a loved one with a tender, lovely flutter in his voice. He seemed like a man in pain. You wanted to give him a hug.
Just before the first chorus, the camera panned back, revealing a man in a weathered leather cowboy hat and full, thick, long beard hovering in the background. Mr. Bryan began to set the table for the song s emotional reckoning: Don t feel like going home/So I m gonna ...
And then came the ghost in the rear, singing in devastating harmony with Mr. Bryan loud to his soft, agitated to his wounded, twangy to his clean, scratchy to his smooth: ... sit right here/on the edge of this pier/and watch the sunset disappear. If you listened to Mr. Bryan sing that part alone, you d think that was a sad, lonely act. But listen to his background singer alone, and it would sound searching, frenzied, almost frightened.
That was Chris Stapleton singing behind Mr. Bryan. Mr. Stapleton was one of the writers of that song, along with other songs that cut to the emotional quick sung by Josh Turner ( Your Man ), Darius Rucker ( Come Back Song ), Kenny Chesney ( Never Wanted Nothing More ) and more.
And Mr. Stapleton has, for years, been a voice in search of a spotlight. Once the frontman of the bluegrass band the SteelDrivers Adele covered a SteelDrivers track, If It Hadn t Been For Love Mr. Stapleton has put in work in a rock band, the Jompson Brothers, and plenty of time in Nashville songwriting rooms.
Now it s his turn. After a false start with What Are You Listening To?, a debut single that fizzled, Mr. Stapleton is arriving this spring (May 5) with his debut solo album, Traveller (Mercury Nashville). On this howling, earthy, spacious album, Mr. Stapleton s voice is liquor-thick and three-drinks limber. That s not the modern country model of manliness, which is preening and glossy, but a reminder of the genre s haggard strain that long predates it. --NY Times
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.55 x 4.92 x 0.47 inches; 3.25 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Mercury Nashville
- Item model number : 33744425
- Original Release Date : 2015
- Date First Available : January 29, 2015
- Label : Mercury Nashville
- ASIN : B00SWBLS3C
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #152 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2016
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The first copy I received was new, in shrink with hype sticker, but it was stored poorly and was so warped it could have been used as a pasta bowl. So back to Amazon it went! The replacement copy came within two days and was sealed in shrink, but had no hype sticker (had me worried). Opened it up to find a warped record with debris and greasy fingerprints! They took a damaged return, re-shrink-wrapped it and sent it out into the world like nothing was wrong. Not cool, Amazon! This time I chose to get my money back. This is ridiculous, Amazon. I've had good luck with third party dedicated vinyl sellers using Amazon for the exposure, but when the vinyl records are sold by and shipped from Amazon, look out. Their staff need to be properly informed on how to store, handle and ship vinyl records, in my opinion. All grumbling aside, the music itself is beyond stellar!
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However, in respect of the vinyl edition I'll give it a 4/5 which is a real shame, the record company had an opportunity to provide the full package here but lightweight vinyl and a sleeve which appears to have been built around the record itself lets it down. Literally trying to get the inner sleeve our of the sleeve and the record out of the inner sleeve is a bit like trying to get a sofa through a ships porthole. I have no idea what they were thinking. That aside, putting the vinyl edition on to play is a real treat, and the poor sleeve is a small price to pay for one of the best albums you could have in your collection.
Plus, I don't want to hear the cliche of the empty whiskey bottle cos your wife left you. It's been done a million times. Sorry but I like my country to be more than middle of the road.
I am new to Chris Stapleton in the UK, through Tennessee Whiskey, but wow I am hooked. I was brought up with all kinds of genres of music, Billy Jo Spears (who I see in concert), dolly Parton and many more, but this man has exceeded above them all and they are legends. He sings from his soul , country, blues etc. I would give him a 100 if I could. I am 46, my son 4 and he enjoyed it as much as I. Speedy delivery, no waste packaging, love, love, love it!
Fire away is an emotional masterpiece and tackles a difficult , often shy'd away from subject - coincidentally it was also used for Chris' first ever music video - worth a watch as seasoned actors and great direction makes it a good watch.
Other highlights include Parachute, Tennessee Whiskey, When the stars come out, Sometimes I Cry - TBH there isn't a bad track on this album highly recommended.