MAY 2017

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Our Record of the Month for May 2017 was Chris Stapleton’s second studio album, From A Room: Volume 1, which was recorded by Vance Powell at Historic Studio A in Nashville, TN. The vinyl sleeve, designed by Mary Hooper from Milkglass Creative, features an illustrated picture of Chris Stapleton, which was made by Rachel Urquhart. The original photo of Chris Stapleton was taken by Becky Fluke. The record was officially released in May 2017 and it debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart and number two on the Billboard 200.

Our subscribers received a personalized note from our curator and founder, Drew Holcomb, along with the vinyl.


Note from Drew

It has been really satisfying to me to watch the rise and domination of Chris Stapleton over the last few years. 2 Grammy's, 4 CAM Awards, Americana Artist of the Year, and the songwriter du jour. He has a one-in-a-generation voice and while most people consider him country, his music really crosses many genres: Rock, Soul, Country, Folk, and Blues. He's a purveyor and miner of emotion, the hard knocks and tough breaks of life. I also love watching him do all of that with his wife Morgan by his side onstage with a voice as good as his. I consider him a kindered spirit.
This is his follow up record to Traveller, and I am thrilled to have it as a part of Magnolia Record Club. It doesn't dissapoint. His voice can carry nearly any song, but he does takes on classic country, southern rock, and folky heartbreak songs. It was recorded live in the historic RCA studio in Nashville, writting another chapter between those historic four walls. My personal favorite is Stapleton's cover of the Willie Nelson song, "Last Thing I Needed, First thing This Morning" following his tradition of reviving classic songs, just like he with George Jones' "Tennessee Whiskey." I hope you enjoy this genre bendinf artist at the peak of his powers. 

Tracklisting

 

Side A

  • Broken Halos
  • Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning
  • Second One To Know
  • Up To No Good Livin’
  • Either Way

Side B

  • I Was Wrong
  • Without Your Love
  • Them Stems
  • Death Row