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Albums Of The Week: Chris Stapleton | Starting Over

The burly roots-rocker hits hard and digs deep with his latest studio release.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Starting Over, the highly anticipated new studio album from Chris Stapleton, is an album of startling prescience — completed in late February only days before the shutdown began. Across its 14 tracks are songs that examine life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles. Alongside 11 written by Stapleton with both longtime friends and new collaborators are three carefully chosen covers: John Fogerty’s Joy Of My Life and Guy Clark’s Worry B Gone and Old Friends. The resulting album — both timely and timeless — speaks to and transcends the current moment in ways unimaginable even while it was being created.

The album finds Stapleton back in his second home, Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional work done at Muscle Shoals Sound and Compass Sound Studio), surrounded by his trusted collaborators as well as some new faces. Produced by Dave Cobb (who also plays acoustic guitar), the record features his beloved wife, Morgane Stapleton (vocals, tambourine), with longtime bandmates J.T. Cure (bass) and Derek Mixon (drums). Special guests include legendary musicians Mike Campbell (electric guitar), Benmont Tench (Hammond B3 organ) and Paul Franklin (pedal steel) as well as the Nashville Urban Choir, who are featured on Watch You Burn, written by Stapleton and Campbell.”