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February 1, 2021IM -
Chris Stapleton, of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), has released his fourth solo album with Starting Over, an album featuring 14 tracks that examine life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles.
Finished in late February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world, Starting Over offers southern rock, southern soul, and country ballads with American roots influences, as well as covers of Guy Clark and John Fogerty tunes.
Once again produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, also of Local 257, the album features Stapleton’s trusted collaborators as well as some new faces. In addition to Cobb (acoustic guitar), the record features work by Local 257 musicians J.T. Cure (bass) and Derek Mixon (drums). Special guests include legendary musicians Benmont Tench (Hammond B3 organ) of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and Paul Franklin (pedal steel) Local 257.