"...Chris Stapleton made his Austin City Limits debut Monday riding country music’s hottest hand. Long a hit songwriter, he stepped into the spotlight with 2015 debut Traveller..."
"...No intro music, no explosions, no trapdoors. On the final evening of ACL’s first weekend, Chris Stapleton strolled onto the Samsung stage alongside his bandmates – including wife and backing vocalist Morgane – strapped on his guitar, and played with the same heart-on-his-sleeve conviction that’s turned him into a bona fide superstar in the past year...."
"...The debut from this Nashville quintet is remarkable for Chris Stapleton's roughhewn vocals, which are gritty and bluesy and more in line with outlaw country than bluegrass. The result, courtesy of a band that includes Tammy Rogers’ fantastic fiddle and Richard Bailey on banjo, is deep holler magic...."
"...Yet the album isn't simply a throwback homage. Cauthen's songwriting puts him on par with the rising Americana tide surging against popular country music in Nashville behind artists like Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and Margo Price...."
"...The thread of country music is nothing new to ACL, but this year's biggest Nashville futurists arrived at the nexus of significant career moments. Recent Grammy magnet Chris Stapleton drew a headliner-sized audience on Sunday that hung on his every lyric in an exquisitely understated performance..."
"...Early afternoon highlights offered Ray Wylie Hubbard's swampy blues and a relatively cleaned-up David Allan Coe, before the main stage opened with a rough and humbled bow by Kris Kristofferson. As much about christening outlaw inheritors as bolstering legends, the holiday convergence highlighted emerging stars Sturgill Simpson, plying a more traditional routine, and Chris Stapleton impressing behind his debut LP Traveller, though Jason Isbell's exceptional songwriting shone brightest..."
"...Months later, out of the blue, she received a call from Dave Cobb. A big shot producer who helped launch the careers of Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton, he'd listened to the demos Macias sent him and wanted to work with Bishop under one condition: They would not be making a country album..."
"...Chris Stapleton 6pm, Samsung stage; Weekend One only Since the May 2015 release of Traveler, Nashville's Chris Stapleton has knocked the country music industry sideways. The first artist to claim Album of the Year, Best Male Vocalist, and New Artist of the Year in the same year at the CMA awards, his outlaw-minded debut continues its winning streak as the second bestselling album of 2016 trailing only Adele's 25. – Jim Caligiuri..."
"...The cowboy-hat segment of popular music also gets representation from Austin ambassador Willie Nelson, Texas breakout Kacey Musgraves, classic country songstress Margo Price, and Chris Stapleton, who played the festival’s second weekend last year before earning wider recognition with a pair of Grammy wins in February. The fest also doubled down on white soul singers with long band names via Otis Redding conjurers St..."
"..."What are you listening to?" The question, posed on the opening track of Ruthie Foster's eighth LP for Austin's Blue Corn Music, tingles with post-breakup curiosity and finds the 53-year-old local folk and blues singer answering back on a bold set of songs ranging from Chris Stapleton, Mississippi John Hurt, and Stevie Wonder to Black Sabbath. While nine of the 10 tracks on Joy Comes Back are covers, their cherrypicking conveys Foster's recent hardship in negotiating shared custody of her 5-year-old daughter..."
"...From opener "Don't It Feel Good to Smile," the songwriter salves easy, country-licked melodies that contemplate gentle pleasures. At their best ("Miles and Miles," "We Don't Have to Say a Word"), they flash the power of Chris Stapleton in Galloway's controlled croon...."
"...Before supporting Chris Stapleton this summer, Brent Cobb rolls out in support of upcoming LP Providence Canyon. The Georgia native cuts easy country melodies with vivid down-home Southern portraits, his official 2016 debut Shine On Rainy Day prompting cousin and hot-hand Americana producer Dave Cobb to dub him the “redneck Paul Simon.” New Low Country Sound signee Savannah Conley opens..."
"...4) Chris Stapleton, From a Room Vol. 1 (Mercury)..."
"...What other infidel slayer could usurp the entire hip-hop kingdom (Danny Brown, Childish Gambino, Anderson Paak, Solange, Vince Staples, even sovereign-turned-jester Kanye West)? Although country's revival proved itself at ACL Fest 2016 in the run of Margo Price, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, and the original outlaw himself, Willie Nelson, the heyday of Highwaymen and Loretta Lynns still sits at the starting gate in terms contemporary masterpieces and crossover influence. And what about this new trend, walk-off albums?..."
"...Before and after Sunday’s mid-afternoon country clump – Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Marlon Williams, and Chris Stapleton – soul reigned supreme in the eastern corner of Zilker Park, with Denver eightpiece Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats kicking off a 4pm set on the Samsung stage just prior to the latter outlaw...."
"...Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual music festival in the heart of Austin at Zilker Park. This year will be their 15th anniversary! Some of the weekend one only acts include Chris Stapleton, Andrew Bird, Kacey Musgraves, Blue October, St..."
"...Cody Jinks I'm Not the Devil (Cody Jinks Music/Thirty Tigers) Add Cody Jinks to the list of new country outlaws populated by Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and Jamey Johnson. Heavily bearded, tattooed, and hailing from Ft..."
"...Houston's Rodney Crowell, a close friend of Clark's since the early Seventies, on Tuesday called him "the single most powerful influence on my artistry" and was in the company of his friend and mentor when he died. Also there were musicians Sam Bush, Verlon Thompson, Chris Stapleton, and photographer Jim McGuire, who shot the iconic 1975 portrait of Guy and Susanna, both smoking cigarettes, her head on his shoulder...."
"...If the 32-year-old local guitarist were actually God, he would have secured any nomination for September LP The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. No such luck, but he caught some spotlight in a mildly "thrilling" BB King tribute with new country outlaw Chris Stapleton and veteran redhead Bonnie Raitt..."