Chris Stapleton promises that he’s not superstitious. His latest album released on Friday the 13th after-all. But he does have a few superstitions. The artist opened up about the recording process for “Starting Over,” which released earlier this month.
“If not shaving or combing your hair is superstitious, then I’ve been superstitious for years,” Stapleton told Los Angeles Times as a joke.
Stapleton says he has a few superstitions when recording an album. For instance, he always has his lucky guitar, a Fender Jazzmaster. He also always carries a pocket knife with him as well. The knife belonged to his late father. He also has his own recording chair.
Like a game of musical chairs for one, Stapleton likes to record in a specific dining room chair. It belonged to his parents, and he used to sit there to create his songs. Now, Stapleton brings the chair with him to the studio for recording sessions. Stapleton sat in the chair for not only “Starting Over,” but also his other albums.
“Every note. Every record. One chair,” the singer noted.
But besides those specific things, Stapleton promises that he’s not superstitious.
“Besides all that, though — nah, no superstitions,” he said.
Chris Stapleton Discussed Recording His Album
The artist discussed recording his album at studios populated by famous and now sometimes dead musicians. For instance, Muscle Shoals in Alabama was home to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, and more recently Shenandoah. A power outage caused Stapleton to change locations. He moved to RCA Studio A in Nashville, which is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Waylon Jennings among others.
It’s unknown whether Stapleton believes in ghosts or not. But he does believe the music of musicians lingers after their deaths.
“But we as musicians, a little bit…they get to live on,” he previously said. “I think that’s the thing: While we miss them in body, their spirits get to hang out a little bit more than other people who weren’t musicians. And what a wonderful thing, or notion, that is, that they get to live on in that way.”