I’m sure everyone has had that singer or band that you knew “before they were big” and when you hear them on mainstream radio, you’re like “OH MAN!” because now everyone knows your secret.
I’ve had a lot of those over the years, from Ed Sheeran to Kacey Musgraves but the most recent one is Chris Stapleton. There was quite a buzz about him when I lived in Nashville, and when my friend Geoff exposed me to him, I was in love.
He is one of those “overnight successes” that really has been around for 10 years waiting for his big break. Before he swept up Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and New Artist of the Year at the CMA’s and before his breakout performance with Justin Timberlake, he has been all over the charts as a songwriter. He wrote “Drink A Beer” by Luke Bryan, “Come Back Song” by Darius Rucker, “Never Wanted Nothing More” by Kenny Chesney and “Your Man” by Josh Turner. So when it came time to cover a song, I thought it would be fun to cover my favorite hidden gem who’s no longer hidden! I hope y’all enjoy!