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Starting Over

Chris Stapleton

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Hailed for songwriting skill and an unironic embrace of outlaw country, Chris Stapleton, on his fourth album, puts his vocal versatility on impressive display. Supported by a moody, shadowy string section, he unfurls a torch-singer side on "Cold," a heartbreaker that lives up to its name in feel and lyrics—"Why you got to be so cold/ Why you got to go and cut me like a knife/ Put our love on ice." The lowdown-and-dirty guitar of "Whiskey Sunrise" is matched for power by a wailing blues delivery from Stapleton. And he cuts loose with a Southern-rock howl on the Tom Petty-esque swamp stomp "Devil Always Made Me Think Twice." An early Petty influence is alive and present across Starting Over, with Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench guesting on guitar and Hammond B3, respectively. Stapleton co-wrote the simmer-to-fury "Watch You Burn" with Campbell, and the guitarist's signature style is front-and-center on "Arkansas," a heavy Southern-rock blues burner celebrating the underrated beauty of the Ozarks. The ghost of Guy Clark also blesses the sessions, as Stapleton covers a back-to-back shot of the songwriter's "Worry B Gone" and "Old Friends" and former with a velocity that makes Willie Nelson's gentle version sound cute. (A flow-like-the-creek cover of John Fogerty's "Joy of My Life" is more faithful.) As on previous releases, Stapleton's wife and collaborator Morgane Stapleton lends angelic vocal harmonies, sweetening the sobering, Kristofferson-sounding ballad "When I'm With You," which find her husband taking stock of middle age and where it goes from there: "I'm 40 years old/ And it looks like the end of the rainbow ain't no pot of gold." She also shows up on that song's spiritual flip side and the album's title track, an optimistic, stripped-down guitar jangle: "I can be your lucky penny/ You can be my four-leaf clover.” Indeed, for all his tough-guy appearance, there's always been a tender side to Stapleton, and he shows every bit of it on "Maggie's Song," an absolute tearjerker about a found dog's life and death that's teed up and ready for a pickup truck commercial. (Nothing wrong with that.) And lest anyone ever doubt his outlaw tendencies, Stapleton ends on an absolutely gorgeous kiss-off to the country capital: "So long Nashville, Tennessee/ You can't have what's left of me." © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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Starting Over
00:04:00

Chris Stapleton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benmont Tench, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Henderson, ComposerLyricist - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Morgane Stapleton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

2
Devil Always Made Me Think Twice
00:03:51

Al Anderson, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stapleton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Morgane Stapleton, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

3
Cold
00:05:09

Kristin Wilkinson, String Arranger, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Stapleton, Producer, String Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benmont Tench, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - DAVID DAVIDSON, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Angell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karen Winkelmann, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carole Rabinowitz, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - CONNI ELLISOR, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sari Reist, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Cobb, Producer, String Arranger, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Alicia Enstrom, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Morgane Stapleton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chad Cuttill, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Derek Mixon, Drums, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Fahey, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Bate, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Austin Hoke, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jenny Bifano, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - MaryKathryn VanOsdale, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

4
When I'm With You
00:03:43

Chris Stapleton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Morgane Stapleton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

5
Arkansas
00:02:58

Chris Stapleton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benmont Tench, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Morgane Stapleton, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer - Chad Cuttill, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Fahey, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Sound Records

6
Joy Of My Life
00:04:34

Chris Stapleton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Benmont Tench, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Fogerty, ComposerLyricist - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

7
Hillbilly Blood
00:04:05

Chris Stapleton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

8
Maggie's Song
00:03:31

Chris Stapleton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benmont Tench, Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ROBBIE ROBERTSON, ComposerLyricist - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Morgane Stapleton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

9
Whiskey Sunrise
00:03:22

TIM KREKEL, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stapleton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

10
Worry B Gone
00:03:15

Guy Clark, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stapleton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Nicholson, ComposerLyricist - Dave Cobb, Producer - Lee Roy Parnell, ComposerLyricist - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Morgane Stapleton, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

11
Old Friends
00:04:01

Guy Clark, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stapleton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Benmont Tench, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Susanna Clark, ComposerLyricist - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Dobson, ComposerLyricist - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Morgane Stapleton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

12
Watch You Burn
00:04:03

Chris Stapleton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Shannon Sanders, Choir - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenesha Randolph, Choir - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Campbell, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tamica Harris, Choir - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Traneshia Chiles, Choir - Jordan Holland, Choir - Lauren McClinton, Choir - MarQo Patton, Choir - Melody Sheppard, Choir

℗ 2020 Sound Records

13
You Should Probably Leave
00:03:33

Chris DuBois, ComposerLyricist - Chris Stapleton, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benmont Tench, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Ashley Gorley, ComposerLyricist - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Morgane Stapleton, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

14
Nashville, TN
00:03:35

Chris Stapleton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Benmont Tench, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Vance Powell, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer - Gena Johnson, Engineer, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Morgane Stapleton, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Brightman, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Sound Records

Album Description

Hailed for songwriting skill and an unironic embrace of outlaw country, Chris Stapleton, on his fourth album, puts his vocal versatility on impressive display. Supported by a moody, shadowy string section, he unfurls a torch-singer side on "Cold," a heartbreaker that lives up to its name in feel and lyrics—"Why you got to be so cold/ Why you got to go and cut me like a knife/ Put our love on ice." The lowdown-and-dirty guitar of "Whiskey Sunrise" is matched for power by a wailing blues delivery from Stapleton. And he cuts loose with a Southern-rock howl on the Tom Petty-esque swamp stomp "Devil Always Made Me Think Twice." An early Petty influence is alive and present across Starting Over, with Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench guesting on guitar and Hammond B3, respectively. Stapleton co-wrote the simmer-to-fury "Watch You Burn" with Campbell, and the guitarist's signature style is front-and-center on "Arkansas," a heavy Southern-rock blues burner celebrating the underrated beauty of the Ozarks. The ghost of Guy Clark also blesses the sessions, as Stapleton covers a back-to-back shot of the songwriter's "Worry B Gone" and "Old Friends" and former with a velocity that makes Willie Nelson's gentle version sound cute. (A flow-like-the-creek cover of John Fogerty's "Joy of My Life" is more faithful.) As on previous releases, Stapleton's wife and collaborator Morgane Stapleton lends angelic vocal harmonies, sweetening the sobering, Kristofferson-sounding ballad "When I'm With You," which find her husband taking stock of middle age and where it goes from there: "I'm 40 years old/ And it looks like the end of the rainbow ain't no pot of gold." She also shows up on that song's spiritual flip side and the album's title track, an optimistic, stripped-down guitar jangle: "I can be your lucky penny/ You can be my four-leaf clover.” Indeed, for all his tough-guy appearance, there's always been a tender side to Stapleton, and he shows every bit of it on "Maggie's Song," an absolute tearjerker about a found dog's life and death that's teed up and ready for a pickup truck commercial. (Nothing wrong with that.) And lest anyone ever doubt his outlaw tendencies, Stapleton ends on an absolutely gorgeous kiss-off to the country capital: "So long Nashville, Tennessee/ You can't have what's left of me." © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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