One of the coolest stories of the past year is how CHRIS STAPLETON broke out big at the age of 37 . . . thanks to the success of his album "Traveller". What's interesting is that it could have happened sooner.
The record company suits had been trying to get him to do a solo album for years, but he wasn't interested. And then one day it all changed. He says, quote, "A switch was flipped [when] my dad died of complications from Type 2 diabetes in October 2013. hen a parent dies, it changes you. You view your own mortality. It's like an, 'I'm next' kind of thing. Not in a grim way."
In a separate interview, Chris was asked what "Traveller" means to him. He said, quote, "It's about a journey . . . in a musical sense, physical sense, spiritual sense. And every way that you can have a journey is what this record is to me."
CHARLES KELLEY found a way to make sure his solo album "The Driver" didn't sound like another LADY ANTEBELLUM record. Quote, "It's definitely a grittier sound, maybe a little more raw, and I think it showcases my voice a little more.
"Its [a] little more bare and naked, so to speak. That was what we were trying to accomplish."