Chris Stapleton Says Songwriters Are “Full Of Sh*t” If They Claim They Knew A Song Was Gonna Be A Hit

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Take notes, songwriters…

Chris Stapleton is not only one of the greatest songwriters in country music, but one of the greatest in all of music right now.

He’s unquestionably one of the best singer/songwriters in the game right now, so it’s not a shock that everybody and their mother is trying to get him to their song. I mean, we’re talking everybody from Ed Sheeran to Taylor Swift, Adele, Carlos Santana, Morgan Wallen to Metallica, and more recently, Carly Pearce and Pink… the man in HIGH demand.

And with his own new album on the way here soon, Chris is gonna be coming through the speakers early and often this year.

However, as successful as songwriter as Stapleton has been, he confesses that he doesn’t have that “sixth sense” when it comes to knowing if he’s written a hit single or not.

In fact, he believes that anybody who says they do, is “full of shit.”

The man sat down for a 60 Minutes segment last year, and in a short teaser of the interview, he answers when he knows a song is gonna do well:

“I don’t think I ever know that, the win is finishing the song.

There are a lot of songwriters that claim, ‘Yeah, I knew the instant we wrote this that it was a six-week No. 1, and I was going to get a big, giant check in the mail.’

I really just think those guys are full of shit. I don’t think anybody knows that.”

He also admits that even with computer research and analytics, it still all comes down to the people’s opinion:

“You can’t possibly know how everybody is going to feel about a song that you write. That’s impossible to know.

I don’t trust computer research or phone surveys or anything like that… you have to take it to the people. I trust people. And I trust people who have taste.”

Tell ’em Chris.

Stapleton is notoriously a soft-spoken guy, so you love to see the man let it rip and tell us all how he really feels.

Chris Stapleton To Release New Studio Album, ‘Higher’

Chris Stapleton just dropped a new heater called “White Horse,” the lead single from his forthcoming fifth studio album Higher that’s due out everywhere on November 10th.

The album’s 14-song tracklist will feature the recently performed “Crosswind,” as well as “It Takes A Woman,” a song that we saw Chris perform year more than 10 years ago.

He officially shared the news over on Instagram last night, in addition to confirming the album cover and tracklist:

“New album Higher out Nov 10. Pre-order the album and listen to the new single ‘White Horse’ via the link in bio.”

A co-write by Chris along with Dan Wilson, “White Horse” is right in Chris’ wheelhouse in terms of his country, bluesy sound that we all know and love, where he sings about running from love and how he’s certainly now cowboy who’s going to save this girl and ride off into the sunset with her.

Coupled with his distinct and powerful vocals, I think it’s a very strong way to kick off the new project:

“This love is getting kinda dangerous
Feels like it’s a loaded gun
My-my, it’s turning like a cloud of dust
My heart always wants to run

If you want a cowboy on a white horse
Ridin’ off into the sunset
If that’s the kinda love you wanna wait for
Hold on tight, girl, I ain’t there yet
No, I ain’t there yet”

When I tell you I haven’t been this excited for a new record in a very long time, I mean it… we might just have an album of the year contender when it’s all said and done.

Chris simply does not miss:

“White Horse”

Higher Tracklist:

What Am I Gonna Do

South Dakota


It Takes A Woman

The Fire

Think I’m In Love With You

Loving You On My Mind

White Horse


The Bottom

The Day I Die


Weight Of Your World

Mountains On My Mind

Marking his 5th career studio album, Higher will follow up 2020’s Starting Over, as well as 2017’s From A Room Volumes 1 & 2, and the smash debut in 2015, Traveller. Stapleton’s breakout album, Traveller went 6 times Platinum and also won a Grammy for Best Country Album.

Back in 2013, he delivered a performance of “It Takes A Woman” at Nashville’s The Station Inn.

“It Takes A Woman”

Chris Stapleton Adds More Dates To 2023 ‘All American Road Show’ Tour

Chris Stapleton’s going to be a busy man for the rest of 2023.

The full run of his 2023 All-American Road Show Tour kicked off in April in El Paso, and will run though October, ending in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with some great openers including Charley Crockett, Marcus King, Nikki Lane, Margo Price, Allen Stone, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and The War and Treaty:

“Featuring special guests Allen Stone, Charley Crockett, Marcus King, Margo Price, Marty Stuart, Nikki Lane, and The War & Treaty.”

In addition to his own tour dates, Chris will be opening quite a few stadium shows for George Strait.

2023 All American Road Show tour dates:

July 21-22—Cullman, AL—Rock the South
July 28—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium†
July 29—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium†
August 5—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium†
August 10—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion**
August 11—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion**
August 17—Toronto, ON—Budweiser Stage‡
August 19—Montreal, QC—Lasso Festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau
August 24—Memphis, TN—FedEx Forum††
August 25—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre††
August 26—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre††
October 5—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena*
October 6—State College, PA—Bryce Jordan Center*
October 12—Corpus Christi, TX—American Bank Center Arena++
October 26—Tulsa, OK—BOK Center++

*with special guests Margo Price and Nikki Lane
†with George Strait and special guests Little Big Town
‡with special guests Marcus King and The War and Treaty
+with special guests Charley Crockett and The War and Treaty
§with special guests Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and Allen Stone
#with special guests Margo Price and Allen Stone
**with special guests Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and The War and Treaty
††with special guests Marcus King and Allen Stone
++with special guests Charley Crockett and Nikki Lane

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock