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Chris Stapleton, 'From A Room: Volume 1': For The Record
In crafting his 2017 sophomore album From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton had some mighty tall expectations to meet.
Stapleton's 2015 solo debut album Traveller brought the Nashville-based singer/songwriter widespread acclaim, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart before crossing over into mainstream territory following Stapleton's hugely popular duo performance with Justin Timberlake at the 2015 CMA Awards. Shortly after the CMA's, Traveller hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
The songs Stapleton assembled for his follow-up, From A Room: Volume 1, saw him more deeply explore the sounds and themes of his musical foundations in country, blues, and roots rock. Surprisingly, however, much of the music for From A Room: Vol. 1 was actually written well before the release of Stapleton's 2015 debut.
The offices housing RCA Records' Studio A in 1965
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The album takes its title from RCA Studio A, an iconic recording space in Nashville where Stapleton recorded all of the tracks that made the final record. As was the case with Traveller, Stapleton was once again joined in Studio A by GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb in crafting From A Room: Volume 1.
Across its long and storied past, RCA's Studio A has housed sessions by everyone from Elvis Presley to Dolly Parton to the Beach Boys, making it home to a massive, invaluable piece of music history. In 2014, the 50+ year-old studio was just barely saved from demolition thanks to the philanthropic efforts of music preservationists made aware of the situation by public outcry from musicians like Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl, who expressed dismay at the possibility that the studio was on the verge of destruction.
From A Room: Volume 1 generated three GRAMMY nominations for Stapleton at the 60th GRAMMY Awards: Best Country Album, Best Country Song ("Broken Halos"), and Best Country Solo Performance ("Either Way"). He won in all three categories, bringing his career total to five GRAMMY wins, with two for Best Country Album on consecutive releases.
On Dec. 1, 2017, less than seven months after releasing From A Room: Volume 1, Stapleton released From A Room: Volume 2. With nine brand-new songs also recorded in Studio A and Cobb once again at the helm as producer, From A Room: Volume 2 debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.