Chris Stapleton Explains How People Typecast Him Based on His ‘Look’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Chris Stapleton is who he is. He’s rocks the long hair. His beard is in need of a beard trim.

He doesn’t care if someone locks him into a stereotype. Stapleton knows his music doesn’t fit one. Stapleton currently is readying for the release of his album, “Starting Over.” It drops Friday.

In an interview with “Vulture,” the 42-year-old Stapleton said he’s cool with whatever.

“I look a certain way,” Stapleton said, adding he looks “how I look.”

“I wear the shit I wear. And it puts an image and an idea in people’s heads, I think, sometimes. But, I also play things that are probably extremely contrary to whatever people think I am sometimes.

“If something’s interesting to me musically, whether as a writer or as an artist, we’re going to hop in there and see what happens,” Stapleton said. “That’s the beauty of music.”

Stapleton also talked about how he’s not much of a self promoter. That sort of fits with his renegade look.

“Well, I never really pitched my own songs to anybody,” Stapleton said. “I was the worst self-promoter on the planet, and it probably held me back. A lot of the guys and ladies in the songwriting business are very good at, for lack of a better term, the hustle. I was never a hustler.

“I would write my songs, go home, send them to a publisher, and they would find their way … or not,” Stapleton said. “I might’ve pitched a song to maybe two people in my entire career. There were always much better salesmen than me.”

Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, performed a duet Wednesday night that rocked the CMAs. It was quiet in its simplicity, allowing the harmonies and acoustic guitar to ring clean and clear.

Chris Stapleton Could Be Closer to Classis Country Than Anyone

Stapleton emerged on the country scene in 2015.

Some icons said he’s the closest to real, traditional country than anyone else performing today.

In a 2018 interview with GQ, superstar Alan Jackson said Stapleton was the closest thing to a “real” country singer currently performing.

“I’m a big fan of his. He was a bluegrass singer and has written bluegrass stuff. But what he’s making now really isn’t real country,” Jackson opines. “It’s more like bluesy, Southern rock kinda stuff. I love it, it’s great, but he’s the closest thing to country out there.”