Chris Stapleton is on a serious roll. An overnight sensation decades in the making, Stapleton has written for likes of Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, George Strait and a Stetson full of other Country luminaries, a list that reads like a who’s who of the Grand Old Opry.

 Now, with From a Room – Vol. 1, a more than solid follow up to Traveller his 2015 break through record that earned him a CMA for Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the year, the verdict is in. This dude is good.

While this record might not have the elephant in the room smash hit that was “Tennessee Whisky,” this rodeo is pound for pound every bit as good as its predecessor.  Weighing in at a mean and lean 32 minutes  The vibe is for the most part low and slow, with a sitting in the back corner of a Honky Tonk Bar an hour before closing time sipping on long necks watching the dance floor spin sort of pace to the proceedings. 

70’s Outlaw Country is the order of the day.  His mellower than the original take on Willie’s “The Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning” is a crown jewel, and “Death Row” keeps it real offering ip a prisoners eye view of what it is like on death row.   

“Up to No Good Livin'” is a good old fashioned barroom lament, and Stapleton throws it down and takes a walk on the Blues Rock side with “Second To No One.” Things go one toke over the line with “Them Stems,”  where our hero has found himself in a predicament when his woman leaves him, his dealer is out of town, and he  is forced to smoke them stems.

This whole record goes down real smooth. There is just enough meat on the bone to keep you satisfied, and just enough held back to leave you wanting more. 

Bring on Volume 2.