Chris Stapleton (from the album From a Room, Volume 1)

The recent release from Chris Stapleton, From a Room, Volume 1, has been received like a cherished companion returning home. The songs are stories shared from travels, anecdotes told at the kitchen table and passed around among good friends at a local watering hole or front porch. From a Room, Volume 1 spreads its wings with acoustic guitar strums that fly over a land bordered by Country, Rock, and Roots formats as Chris Stapleton sings of “Broken Halos”. Electric Blues with slight Jazz tones to its chords launches the apologies in “I Was Wrong”, minor key guitar notes flicker like the dying embers of romance that become the story line for “Without Your Love”, Outlaw Country utters honky tonk confessions in “Up to No Good Livin’”, and Folk rambles steady themselves to walk through “Either Way” towards an exit door in love. Chris Stapleton is the guardian of musical freedoms, his songs wearing a chameleon skin that allows DJ’s to include his music in sets of Country, Rock, Folk, and Blues playlists.

Chris Stapleton co-writes tracks for From a Room, Volume 1, keeping Dave Cobb in the control room as the pair once again co-produce songs that include a cover of the Willie Nelson cut “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning”, written by Gary P. Nunn and Donna Sioux Farar. Rock’n’Roll keeps the beat as Chris Stapleton opens the cabinet to find his cannabis cupboard bear in “Them Stems” and scratches out a path into “Second One to Know” with razor-sharp guitar chords as From a Room, Volume 1 echoes the Blues of desperation against a chorus of stark six-strings rumbling through “Death Row”.

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