Chris Stapleton Debuts at No.1 With ‘Starting Over’

Chris Stapleton; Photo by John Russell/CMA
Chris Stapleton; Photo by John Russell/CMA
Chris Stapleton; Photo by John Russell/CMA

Chris Stapleton’s long-awaited new album, Starting Over, debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart this week.

The project moved over 102,733 units and also secured the No.3 spot on the Billboard 200 and the No.1 spot on both the Billboard Americana/Folk Albums and Digital Albums charts.

Available to stream and purchase now, Starting Over includes 14 tracks. The chart-topping album was completed in late February just before the lockdown began. Starting Over was produced by Stapleton’s longtime collaborator Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A (with additional work done at Muscle Shoals Sound and Compass Sound Studio). The record features Cobb on acoustic guitar, vocals and tambourine from his beloved wife Morgane, as well as his bandmates J.T. Cure (bass) and Derek Mixon (drums). Mike Campbell (electric guitar), Benmont Tench (Hammond B3 organ) and Paul Franklin (pedal steel), as well as the All Voices Choir also appear on the record.

Among the album’s 14 tracks are three covers, John Fogerty’s “Joy Of My Life” and Guy Clark’s “Worry B Gone” and “Old Friends,” as well as 11 tracks co-written by Stapleton with several of his longtime friends and collaborators.

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