Chris Stapleton continues to crank out stellar live performances highlighting songs from his latest album, “Songs from A Room: Volume 2.” After singing the standout tracks “Midnight Train to Memphis” and “Hard Livin’” on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with Sturgill Simpson this past weekend, Chris stuck around in New York City to perform the highly-emotional song “Drunkard’s Prayer” on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” this week.
Armed with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, Chris poignantly delivered the lyrics telling the story of a man who is drinking his sorrows away over a lost love. When he drinks, he’s praying to God, promising to change and regretting the mistakes he made that led to him now being alone.
The lyrics will just hit you in the gut, too. Chris sings, “I wish that I could go to church but I’m too ashamed of me / I hate the fact it takes a bottle to get me on my knees.”
The thing about Chris is that he’s been turning in these kinds of performances since long before he became a household name with his 2015 album, “Traveller.” Chris has been an in-demand songwriter and singer in Nashville for years, and even earned some notoriety as a member of the bluegrass-driven band the Steeldrivers in the late 2000s.
When he made “Traveller,” Chris cut the songs he loved to write and record. So, when it became a massive hit, he continued that approach making his two follow-up albums in the “Songs from A Room” series. He just wants to be able to continue making music and playing for his fans.
Chris says, “We’re trying to make music that we like and make a record that we like. So, very much I would love to be able to sell enough records that I can still go play shows and keep making records. That’s the goal. That’s the dream, whether it’s 20,000 records or 50,000 records or getting to play a room for 300 people or 20,000 people. That’s the dream still. I’m still making a living playing music. So, no, I didn’t feel any pressure from it whatsoever, because all that came from just making music for the sake of making music.”
These days, Chris is one of the most in-demand performers around with appearances on “Saturday Night Live,” the Grammy Awards and “The Late Show” in the span of a few days. There’s also a chance he’ll join his buddy Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 4, to perform their new collaboration, “Say Something,” from Justin’s new album, “Man of the Woods.”
So, how is Chris, who is expecting twins soon with wife Morgane, handling all this success?
He says, “I’m just kind of the same dude that I was, and everyone around me, for the most part, are all the same people. There’s just more people showing up to shows, and we travel around a little more comfortably than we did before. We’re out of vans and stuff. So, other than that, we’re all the same people and still feel the same way about a lot of things. Still enjoy the same things in songs, value wise.”
Don’t ever change, Chris Stapleton.