According to Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio, that might be the case.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Trey was discussing the band’s new album Sigma Oasis, when he casually dropped some info about Chris Stapleton. Phish’s producer Vance Powell, who produces, engineers and mixes for a number of music superstars, also happens to mix and engineer records for Chris Stapleton. In fact, he won a Grammy for his work on Traveller back in 2015.
And as it turns out, when Phish wanted to get into the studio with Vance earlier this year, he had somebody else on the schedule… Chris Stapleton.
“In November, we went up there. It was before our fall tour, and the band was in a good place. We just played a bunch of songs. We probably played four or five other ones that were really good, but just didn’t end up on this. Vance was going to mix it, but he had another record on the schedule, so he went in to do Chris Stapleton. He basically said, ‘I’m going to be completely buried until March.'”
Buried mixing a record for Chris Stapleton, and I’m no expert, but pretty sure the mixing comes after the recording which means you have the songs done. Once it’s mastered, you’re good to go.
Does Chris Stapleton have an album on the way? Is it already finished? I kind of sounds like it, doesn’t it?
Chris had been performing quite a bit ofnew music in the past few months before the shutdown, and he was gearing up for a pretty substantial tour this year, but when it comes to a new album, he’s been pretty silent. In fact last year, he explicitly said he probably WOULDN’T be releasing a new album in 2019, and didn’t appear to have any plans for 2020 either.
So nothing is set in stone, and we’re just speculating based on what Trey said, but we do know that he was in studio. Either way, I’m PUMPED.
Here’s a taste of a new one called “Starting Over.”