Chris Stapleton boldly introduced himself to the public at-large in 2015 with the release of his breakthrough debut album, Traveller.
Released in May on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it one of the bestselling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. The album also received extensive critical acclaim and has landed him bookings on multiple national TV shows including recent appearances on Saturday Night Live and CBS News Sunday Morning.
Following a historic turn on the CMA Awards—where Stapleton became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards—Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where it stayed for two straight weeks.
The breakthrough success continued earlier this year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, where Stapleton took home two awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance (“Traveller”). Most recently, Stapleton won six awards at the 51st Annual ACM Awards—Album of the Year (for Traveller as both artist and producer), Song of the Year (for “Nobody To Blame” as both artist and songwriter), Male Vocalist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year. With the six wins, Stapleton ties the record for most ACM Awards won in a single year (only Garth Brooks and Faith Hill have previously won six in the same year).
Co-produced with Dave Cobb, Traveller is comprised of songs written throughout Stapleton's 15-year career and evokes his childhood when country, blues, rock and R&B swirled together to create a distinctive sound that still resonates with modern fans.
It only takes about twenty-eight seconds to convince you that you’re hearing the arrival of a singular new talent when you hear Margo Price. ”Hands of Time”, the opener on her Midwest Farmer’s Daughter album is an invitation, a mission statement and a starkly poetic summary of the 32-year old singer’s life, all in one knockout, self-penned punch.
Rounding out this amazing country triple-bill is Brent Cobb. He didn’t set out to write an album that feels and sounds like the place he grew up. But, hailing from southcentral Georgia, this southern boy knows there’s no denying the people, the places and the vibe of his Georgia home is infused in almost every song. Carrying something of a Southern Gothic narrative and alternating between dark visions and self-deprecating scenes of black humor that bubble up in laugh-or-cry moments, this is one new artist you won’t want to miss!