Review: Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1 (Universal Music Canada)

After picking up a pair of Grammy Awards for his stunning 2015 effort Traveller, Nashville’s Chris Stapleton returns with a new collection of music that begs the question: Can he capture lightning in a bottle a second time? Unequivocally, the answer is yes, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

What makes From A Room… such a fantastic and compelling listen is Stapleton’s continued determination to leave the bells and whistles behind and put the song first, a commodity that is as rare as artists like he and Sturgill Simpson are in country music today. The grit and determination to do things his way heard throughout these nine songs – from the blues-inspiration that drives “Them Stems” and “Second One To Know” to his moving vocals on “Either Way” and his impeccable cover of “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning” – is virtually unparalleled in any genre of music.