It feels as if country music icon, Chris Stapleton, has been making us feel all the feels with his raw voice and (often) heartbreaking lyrics for a lifetime. However, it’s only been five years since Stapleton released his debut solo album, Traveller.
Stapleton led the bluegrass-based band, SteelDrivers, and sang on albums by everyone from Dierks Bentley to Angaleena Presley to Vince Gill. However, it wasn’t until 2015 that Stapleton set out on his own and released Traveller. With songs like “Fire Away,” “Nobody To Blame,” and “Tennessee Whiskey,” it was as if a hidden legend emerged from plain sight. The album spent 294 weeks on the Top Country Album chart peaking in the number one spot. Additionally, Stapleton won New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards that year for Traveller
Chris Stapleton’s Album Was Inspired By His Late Father
Stapleton was already a very respected name throughout the country music world before he released his solo album. As the lead singer for the SteelDrivers, Stapleton was nominated for three Grammys. Additionally, Stapleton wrote songs for a diverse group of artists including Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, and Justin Timberlake. He also wrote number one hits for George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, and Luke Bryan.
Stapleton says that inspiration for the title track, “Traveller,” came to him during a trip after his father passed in 2013.
“My wife bought me an old Jeep, and we drove through the desert. I wrote that song just thinking about life and how we’re all just passing through it. I was driving down the road holding a phone, driving a ’79 Cherokee, singing that into my phone,” says Stapleton. “It became a catalyst for a lot of the choices made on the record…And titling the record Traveller, it means different things. It seemed like the right thing to do, and so we did it,” continues Stapleton.
During the song, Stapleton sings, “Always lost and nowhere bound. I’m just a traveller on this earth Sure as my heart’s behind the pocket of my shirt. I’ll just keep rollin’ till I’m in the dirt.”