Friday, May 5, 2017
– Chris Stapleton, who turned a highly successful songwriting career into superstar status as a solo artist, and a tribute to Brandi Carlile are out today.
Stapleton, who once was playing bluegrass with The SteelDrivers, broke out with "Traveller" two years ago today. Today, he is out with "From A Room: Volume 1." The album takes its name from Nashville's historic RCA Studio A, where it was recorded during the winter of 2016-17. Dave Cobb again produced the disc with eight original songs and a rendition of "Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning," written by Gary P. Nunn and Donna Sioux Farar and made famous by Willie Nelson. Other highlights include "Second One To Know," which Stapleton recently premiered at the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, and the first single, "Either Way."
Carlile receives the tribute treatment with "Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story - An Album to Benefit War Child." The disc is composed of newly-recorded versions of all 14 songs from 'The Story,' reinterpreted by by the likes of Adele, The Avett Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and Margo Price. Stapleton added guitar to Kristofferson's take on "Turpentine," and Miranda Lambert lends backing vocals to Anderson East's "Josephine." Cobb produced tracks by Kristofferson, Parton and Price, while Patrick Carney of the Black Keys produced Ruby Amanfu. Carlile and longtime Carlile band mates The Twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth) produced the Secret Sisters and TORRES.