Chris Stapleton’s TRAVELLER out today on Mercury Records Nashville

“His voice is just incredible…it’s like caramel.”

“REAL music fans already know. So, mainstream: Chris Stapleton. Remember that name…”
 —Justin Timberlake
Chris Stapleton’s highly anticipated new solo debut album Traveller is out today on Mercury Records Nashville(iTunes). In celebration of the release, Stapleton performed the album track “Tennessee Whiskey” this morning onABC’s “The View.” Earlier this month, he made his network television solo debut on the “Late Show With David Letterman” performing the first single and title track.
Already receiving widespread critical acclaim, The Fader proclaims, “…Traveller is easily, and naturally, the year’s strongest country debut…it’s got the best parts of the genre: softness within toughness,” while the Los Angeles Times asserts, “…positions him among the ranks of a new wave of musicians who are mindful of tradition but who also are striving to inject fresh ideas and modes of expression into country and bluegrass” and The New York Timespraises, “On this howling, earthy, spacious album, Mr. Stapleton’s voice is liquor-thick and three-drinks limber. That’s not the modern country model of manliness, which is preening and glossy, but a reminder of the genre’s haggard strain that long predates it.” Moreover, The Wall Street Journal declares, “The much-anticipated Travellermore than meets the expectations of a debut disc by a singer-songwriter who’s been a well-known secret in Nashville for years” and Stereogum calls it an, “…expansive, explosive solo album. Traveller is all over the map, but the journey he takes us on might damn well be the trip of a lifetime. Country music doesn’t need a goddamn savior, but if you’re into all that dogma, this record is a sermon worth hearing.”
In addition to several tour dates with Eric Church, Stapleton will embark on a series of special headlining performances this spring including an album release show tonight at New York’s Mercury Lounge and two shows at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom on May 8 and May 9. He is also confirmed to perform at New York’s Farmborough Festival on June 26, Delaware’s Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 27, Louisville’s Forecastle Festival on July 18 and Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival on September 5. See below for complete tour details.
Recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional production at The Castle and Blackbird Studio),Traveller was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded by Vance Powell (Jack White). In addition to renditions of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and Don Sampson’s “Was It 26,” the album features twelve original songs, including fan-favorite “Sometimes I Cry.”
Of the album, Stapleton comments, “This record was made standing on the shoulders of friends, family, and heroes. I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.”
Over the course of his acclaimed career, Stapleton has enjoyed five #1 singles and has penned over 170 album cuts, including songs recorded by Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and has such notable co-writers as Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow among others. Additionally, Stapleton has shared the stage with such respected artists as Gill, Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris and more. As lead vocalist for critically acclaimed bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Stapleton earned three Grammy nominations including “Best Bluegrass Album,” as well as an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for “Emerging Artist of the Year.” He’s also won eight ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films including “Cars 2” and “Valentine’s Day.”
1. Traveller (Chris Stapleton) 
2. Fire Away (Chris Stapleton and Danny Green)
3. Tennessee Whiskey (Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove)
4. Parachute (Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers)
5. Whiskey And You (Chris Stapleton and Lee Thomas Miller)
6. Nobody To Blame (Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales and Ronnie Bowman)
7. More Of You (Chris Stapleton and Ronnie Bowman)
8. When The Stars Come Out (Chris Stapleton and Dan Wilson)
9. Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore (Chris Stapleton)
10. Might As Well Get Stoned (Chris Stapleton and Jimmy Stewart)
11. Was It 26 (Don Sampson)
12. The Devil Named Music (Chris Stapleton)
13. Outlaw State Of Mind (Chris Stapleton, Ronnie Bowman and Jerry Salley)
14. Sometimes I Cry (Chris Stapleton and Clint Ingersoll)
May 5—New York, NY—Mercury Lounge
May 8—Nashville, TN—Cannery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
May 9—Nashville, TN—Cannery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
May 15—Park City, KS—Hartman Arena†
May 19—Columbia, MO—The Blue Note
May 20—Lincoln, NE—Pinnacle Bank Arena*
May 22—Rapid City, SD—Rushmore Plaza Civic Center*
May 23—Bozeman, MT—Brick Breeden Fieldhouse*
May 24—Billings, MT—The Pub Station
May 28—Denver, CO—Bluebird Theater
May 30—St. Louis, MO—The Firebird
June 5—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre
June 6—Macon, GA—Cox Capitol Theatre
June 7—Birmingham, AL—Iron City
June 11—Winston-Salem, NC—Ziggy’s
June 12—Charleston, SC—Charleston Music Hall
June 13—Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theatre
June 17—Knoxville, TN—Bijou Theatre
June 18—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel
June 19—Charlotte, NC—Amos’ Southend
June 20—Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theater
June 26—New York, NY—Farmborough Festival
June 27—Dover, DE—Big Barrel Country Music Festival
June 28—Charleston, WV—Mountain Stage
July 3—Fort Worth, TX—Billy Bob’s Texas 4th of July Picnic
July 12—Chicago, IL—Windy City Smokeout BBQ & Country Music Fest
July 18—Louisville, KY—Forecastle Festival
July 24—Huber Heights, OH—Rose Music Center†
September 5—Seattle, WA—Bumbershoot Festival
September 26—Panama City Beach, FL—Chasin’ The Sun Festival
October 26—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡
*with Eric Church
†with Gary Allan
‡with Jason Isbell

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