Country music fans who haven’t been living deep in the woods, under a rock, at the back of a cave know that Chris Stapleton has one of the best voices in the game. It doesn’t matter if he’s doing soulful ballads, rocking tunes, or anything in between. He’s a hard act to follow. Recently, he proved that on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He sang the raucous blues shuffle-infused “Worry B Gone,” on the show.
We all know that Chris Stapleton is an amazing singer and songwriter. However, when he lends his voice to someone else’s songs he makes them wholly his own. For instance, “Tennessee Whiskey,” was originally a David Allen Coe cut. George Jones also recorded a version of the song.
However, Stapleton’s version outshined both of those. Today, many see that as Stapleton’s signature tune. More recently, he recorded a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” that will give you chills.
With “Worry B Gone,” Chris Stapleton is combining his voice with some incredibly potent songwriters. The late, great Guy Clark co-penned the song with Lee Roy Parnell and Gary Nicholson. Clark included the song on his 2006 album Workbench Songs. It appears on Stapleton’s 2020 release, Starting Over.
Chris Stapleton Belts about Buds
Country music has a long and storied relationship with booze. However, there are a handful of truly great songs about the Devil’s Lettuce. Willie Nelson is known for his legendary lung power and has recorded a few songs about it. “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” and “It’s All Going to Pot,” are both great examples.
He recorded the latter with Merle Haggard, and we can’t have a conversation about weed in country music without bringing up Haggard. After all, he’s the one that told us that they don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee, Oklahoma. More recently, Eric Church released “Smoke a Little Smoke,” as a single from his 2009 album Carolina
However, you usually have to dig a little deeper to find songs about the sticky icky. For instance, John Prine sang about it on his 1971 self-titled debut album. The track “Illegal Smile,” would pair perfectly with Chris Stapleton’s cut of “Worry B Gone.”
Sonically, the songs are as different as night and day. However, they are thematically similar. They both talk about smoking a Colorado Marlboro or two to ease a worried mind. “Worry B Gone,” makes no pretense about it. From the opening line, you can tell that this song has gone to pot.
“Oh, gimme just one more puff of that worry be gone. / I’m plannin’ on feelin’ much better before too long. / I got a world of trouble I need to forget. / I’m on my way, but I ain’t there yet.”