Chris Stapleton’s New Song ‘Watch You Burn’ Was Written In the Aftermath of the Las Vegas Shooting

Chris Stapleton is revealing more details about his much-anticipated new album, Starting Over. The superstar recently sat down with CBS…


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September 2, 2020


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Chris Stapleton is revealing more details about his much-anticipated new album, Starting Over.

The superstar recently sat down with CBS This Morning co-host Anthony Mason and revealed that among the album’s 14 tracks is a song that was written in response to the 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas that killed 59 people.

The tune, entitled “Watch You Burn,” opens with the lyrics, “Only a coward would pick up a gun, and shoot up a crowd trying to have fun.”

Stapleton said writing the song was “therapeutic,” and describes it as “a powerful number to me that conveys the sentiment, hey let’s cut the evil s*** out.”

“It’s a plea in some ways,” he said.

Stapleton did not perform at the festival that weekend, however, many of his peers, including Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Jake Owen did.

Starting Over, which was produced by Stapleton’s longtime collaborator Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, will be released on November 13.  The lead single and title track is at country radio now.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.