Chris Stapleton Releases Gritty Country Rocker, ‘Arkansas’

Chris Stapleton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

With just three weeks until the release of his long-awaited new album, Starting Over, Chris Stapleton is giving fans another taste of the project with the debut of a brand new song called “Arkansas.”

The country/rock-infused tune documents a road trip through Arkansas and was previously teased during Stapleton’s All-American Road Show Tour.

“Gotta get down, gotta get down to Arkansas/ Havin’ so much fun that it’s probably a little bit against the law/ All the boys and the girls down there sure do know how to have a ball/ If you wanna get down, gotta get down to Arkansas,” Stapleton croons on the guitar-heavy chorus.

The Grammy-winner artist co-wrote “Arkansas” with legendary musician Mike Campbell. It’s the third song Stapleton has unveiled from his forthcoming project, following “Cold” and the title track, “Starting Over.”

The album, which will be available beginning November 13, 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.

Click above to listen to “Arkansas.”

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