Chris Stapleton: What He Learned From ZZ Top
Chris Stapleton will release a new album called Higher next Friday (11/10), and fans can’t wait to hear the new music, which includes his latest song, “White Horse.”
The new powerful song’s lyrics include, “If you want a cowboy on a white horse / Riding off into the sunset / If that’s the kind of love you wanna wait for / Hold on tight, girl, I ain’t there yet / No, I ain’t there yet / No, I ain’t there yet.”
Over the years, I’ve talked to Chris many times, and in one interview, he told me his method for making records. He said, “I heard Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top; I read an interview with him one time where he said he always just tried to make music that he would want to listen to, and I think that is the best kind of litmus test for what you want to record or make. And I’m a big fan of albums too, so I always like things that kind of work together in a pot.”
Staplerton’s songs have become legendary in country music in the 10-plus years he’s been in Nashville. And he has won his share of awards. While he considered other professions in life in his native Kentucky, making music always rose to the top. He told me, “I found out a bunch of things that I was not, sold cars and, drove an ice truck and went to college.”
Chris concluded, “You find out who you are not, and the thought of doing anything else just made me so miserable. I think that really kind of steered my path, and for better or worse, and fortunately for me, it kind of worked out, and I’m pretty lucky in that way.”
Stapleton is nominated for several awards at next week’s (11/8) CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. If he wins Entertainer, it will be his first win in that coveted category for the CMA. He’s already won the Male Vocalist Award six times.