Chris Stapleton is releasing a song on his upcoming album that reflects on the 2017 Las Vegas Shooting. The Grammy winner spoke out about the meaning and sentiment behind the song during an interview this week.
The mass shooting took place on Oct. 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, NV. A gunman opened fire from a nearby hotel during Jason Aldean’s headlining set, killing fifty-nine people and injuring hundreds of others.
On Stapleton’s new album, “Starting Over,” he pens the song “Watch You Burn” to speak out on the shooting. The lyrics feature lines including “Only a coward would pick up a gun / And shoot up a crowd trying to have fun.”
The “Tennessee Whiskey” singer joined CBS This Morning earlier this week to discuss the song. “It’s a powerful number to me that conveys the sentiment, ‘Hey, let’s cut the evil s–t out,'” he said. “It’s a plea in some ways.”
As he processed the tragedy, Stapleton found the song came as a “therapeutic” experience.
Stapleton’s fourth studio album releases on Nov. 13. The record includes 11 original songs in addition to three covers. Stapleton puts his own spin on John Fogerty’s “Joy of My Life” and Guy Clark’s “Old Friends” and “Worry B Gone,” The Boot reports.
In addition to speaking about the Las Vegas shooting, Chris Stapleton also addressed several controversial topics. The father of two discussed the Black Lives Matter movement as well as his changing perspective on the country.
After the May 25 death of George Floyd, Stapleton says the incident thereafter sparked a “broad awakening” in him. He says he then began taking a different view on racism in the US. “I think everybody should be doing more,” he said. “It’s time for me to listen. And it’s time for other folks to listen.”
Read more from Chris Stapleton’s comments on Black Lives Matter here.
[H/T The Boot]