People tend to forget Chris Stapleton was a name known around Nashville for his musical prowess long before his career-changing CMA Awards moment with JT.
The talent Chris had was evident when he was a part of The SteelDrivers in 2008 through 2010. The SteelDrivers are a bluegrass band that featured Stapleton on lead vocals and had three Grammy nominations in two years. I will argue to the death that this is Stapleton’s best work and some of the best bluegrass albums of all time.
Here are five songs featuring Stapleton as the lead singer of The SteelDrivers you may have missed.
1. Blue Side Of The Mountain
The kind of song that has so much bluegrass heat that it’ll melt your face right off. This song was Grammy-nominated for ‘Best Country Performance By A Duo or Vocal Group’ in 2009.
2. Midnight Tears
“Midnight Tears” is a tune that catches you right where you want it to, since you’re choosing to listen to a song about tears.
3. If It Hadn’t Been For Love
I’m not a big pop music guy, but if Adele covered this for one of her albums then I’m pretty sure it’s a smash. “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” also has some of the best vocal harmonies that I’ve ever heard.
4. Midnight Train To Memphis
“Midnight Train To Memphis” is a rare bluegrass song in that it makes you want to run through a brickwall like the Kool Aid Man. It’s a faster-paced song with absolutely searing vocals by Stapleton that he recently released on his album From A Room: Volume 2.
5. Where Rainbows Never Die
A smoother melody with incredible lyricism about growing old but having dreams about making your way to heaven.