33 Superb Chris Stapleton Quotes

Chris Stapleton is an American musician and songwriter with more than a half dozen number one songs. As a songwriter, Stapleton is credited with writing songs for famous artists such as Tim McGraw, Adele, and Luke Bryan. Here is a look at some of the most notable Chris Stapleton quotes ever documented.

“A lot of great bluegrass comes out of Kentucky. There’s a lot of great music, like the Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ricky Skaggs, and Keith Whitley. There’s a lot of bluegrass intertwined with country music.”

“Anytime that another artist or a critic that is well-respected says something nice about you, you’re always thankful and hope that you can live up to that.”

“As long as people are buying music, it’s good for everybody.”

“At the end of the day, I just have to do what I do and let it be what it’s gonna be.”

“Country music is one of those places where we support each other and prop each other up.”

“I always tell people, ‘The music’s free. I get paid to travel.'”


“I can only be me. I have a hard time being a chameleon as a singer.”

“I don’t look at family and what I do for a living as separate things. They’re all kind of one thing, and this is part of their life just like it’s part of mine.”

“I don’t try to approach things any differently, songwriting-wise, regardless of what I’m doing. I try to write whatever the best thing is that I’m doing that day.”

“I just try to make the best music that I can. People are going to label it whatever they’re going to label it.”

“I like songs that make me feel tough. Like ‘Back in Black.’ You want to hear it again and get in a fight.”

“I like to put a record on and then listen to it again and then sit down and make my friends listen to it.”

“I like to put something on and want to listen to it again once I get done listening to it, not feel like I need an ear break.”

“I never was a liner note junkie. I didn’t know who produced records or there was such a thing as a straight songwriter. I always assumed that everybody that was singing a song wrote it or made it up.”

“I walked into a demo session one time, and a guy said, ‘I’m thinking kind of like a Trace Adkins thing.’ And I looked him right in the eye and said, ‘Man, you’ve got the wrong guy. I’m gonna have to fire myself. You’ve got to hire somebody else.'”

“I was born in Fayette County, over in Lexington, Kentucky, but I was raised most of my life in Paintsville.”

“I was in a band called the SteelDrivers, and we just played hard in vans, hopping on airplanes, not knowing where you’re at.”

“I went to college a little bit, and that didn’t work out, and I didn’t finish. So, I would play in bars until I ran out of money, and then I’d get a real job.”

“If I’m feeling like rock, we’ll do some of that, and if I’m feeling some other way, we might do some of that. So, that’s typically how I record and write and play music and anything else.”

“If I’m working on a pop song, I’m working on a pop song to the best of my ability. If I’m working on a bluegrass song, it’s the same thing. They’re not really different parts of the brain.”

“I’m a fan of polarization. If you make something that is palatable to everybody, it’s like making vanilla ice cream, and I think we have enough of that.”

“I’m always trying to do as many different things as I can, just so when one is not doing so hot, maybe the other is still there.”

“I’m not a hustler. I don’t pitch songs. I don’t ask people to write with me. It’s not what I do.”

“It is a really interesting to hear yourself on the radio. I’ve gotten to hear myself in different capacities. I’ve heard myself on Sirius XM on the bluegrass channels, and on WSM and other places.”

“It was probably storytelling before it was songwriting, as far as country music is concerned. It’s fun to be a part of that and tip the hat to that. You know, and keep that tradition alive.”

“It’s such a strange marriage, a song and someone that sings it. When that works, it really works, and when it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

“I’ve always been in touring bands in some capacity.”

“Lyrically, ‘less words mean more’ is a pretty good rule of thumb. Try to cut out the fat and get to the meat of what you’re saying.”

“Music is not a game to me. I take it very seriously.”

“My dad was a very straight arrow, prayed-at-every-meal kind of guy.”

“We have a history in country music of writing about the darker side of things – maybe not as much in modern times, but there’s a lot of cheating and self-deprecation. We sort it out in song, in country music, as a genre.”

“We have that storytelling history in country and bluegrass and old time and folk music, blues – all those things that combine to make up the genre.”

“You always hope for the best when you put something out and try to make the best music you can make, but you can’t control what happens after that.”

Here are some of the most unforgettable moments ever recorded of Chris Stapleton starting with his breakout performance at the 2015 CMA Awards.

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