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There is so much to making a record than just the music. There are the interviews and the photo shoots and the wardrobe fittings and the tour bookings and the performances. And then there is that moment when you stop, sit back and wait to see what your fans think of all of your hard work.


That’s exactly where Chris Young finds himself right now.

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“It’s this surreal mix of relief and accomplishment,” Chris laughed during a recent interview with Rare Country about the recent release of his new album “Losing Sleep.” ”This year has been the culmination of so much hard work with the release of the album, and becoming a Grand Ole Opry member and moving forward with the new tour. I love to live in the moment, but I also find myself spending much time looking back and looking forward these days.”

In the fifth and final part of the docu-series, “Chris Young Losing Sleep Cracker Barrel Series” that debuted on Sept. 28 and has run weekly on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube channel, Chris does exactly that, looking back on all it takes to release a record and, essentially, let go of the music he and his fellow songwriters have worked so hard on.

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“I have to admit that I do sometimes go on social media to look at people’s comments about the songs,” Chris said. “It’s like instant gratification to know that the fans are reacting to the music the way you hoped they would.”

One of those songs fans are already loving is “Encore,” which will be featured as a bonus track on the deluxe version of “Losing Sleep” currently available at all Cracker Barrel stores nationwide and online.

“Now that the record is out, I plan that there will be a moment when I will take a deep breath and go somewhere for two or three days to do something fun before I begin getting ready for next year,” Chris said. “It’s been one ‘pinch yourself’ moment after another lately.”

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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