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Ken Tucker. The Nashville songwriter has written countless hits for other artists. Critic Love Story And Other Hits (8-Tra Tucker says that Stapleton's debut solo album showcases a wide range of musical styles with a distinctive sound. Our rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the debut solo album by Chris Stapleton. Stapleton was born in Kentucky and began his professional life as a member of The SteelDrivers, a bluegrass band. Ken says Stapleton's new album, "Traveller," demonstrates a wide range of musical styles with a distinctive sound.
Everything changes like the desert wind. Here she comes, and then she's gone again. And I'm just a traveler on this earth, sure as my heart's behind the pocket of my shirt. I just keep rolling till I'm in the dirt 'cause I'm a traveler, oh, I'm a traveler. Liquor was the only love I'd known, but you rescued me from reaching for the bottom and brought me back from being too far gone. You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey. You're as sweet as strawberry wine. You're as warm as a glass of brandy.
Now I'm living in a one-room and sleeping on the floor. I think I'm going to kick my boots off and put some music on, and since I'm all 1928 - Failing Forward - An Attempt To Make An Echo, I might as well get stoned.
I might as well get stoned, and get it off my mind. Ain't got a thing to do. All I got is time. The bottle's all I have to be a friend of mine, and since my whiskey's gone, I might as well get stoned.
TUCKER: Stapleton is one of the few songwriters who's writing hits for big, highly commercial acts yet who also composes music that no mainstream country artist would ever hope to get on the radio these days. I'm thinking, for example, of the beautifully quiet mandolin-inflected song "More Of You. And right then I knew, it makes me want more of you, again and again.
The atmosphere is at once intimate and lonesome with plenty of room to both stretch out long melody lines or lower the volume to deliver a confidential intimacy.
Stapleton and producer Cobb make the song sound like a tune Stapleton is strumming at the foot of his empty bed. So right now I don't feel a thing. I'll be hurting when I wake up on the floor, but I'll be over it by noon. That's the difference between whiskey and you. TUCKER: What makes Chris Stapleton an interesting figure in Nashville music is that he can plug into the current atmosphere of party-hard music and also stand apart from it.
In his mids and just now releasing his debut as a solo artist, he's got enough life experience under his belt Halo, Halo - Tomasz Budzyński - Luna look back and acknowledge that the Love Story And Other Hits (8-Tra always ends, and what you're left with is whatever you make of your own character.
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