Over the past year I’ve been really into the album Traveler by Chris Stapleton. Besides being a magnificent songwriter he has a hauntingly charismatic voice that combines grit and soul with a smooth, rich tone.
I stumbled upon Stapleton through a recommendation of my father to cover the song “Whisky and You,” co-written by Lee Thomas Miller and covered by many including Aaron Lewis and Tim McGraw.
Traveler is one of those records that you can play uninterrupted from beginning to end and every track stands out amongst the rest. A side to B side, let the black circle spin with this one.
A song that really resonated with me was “Tennessee Whiskey.” A grimacing love anthem soaked in booze. A tale of redemption and how one soul can emancipate another.
I’ve been covering this song live over the last few months, trying to add my own touch while paying homage to the original. This is a video of me performing it on 6.10.17 at Jacqueline’s on Main in Nanuet, New York.
I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do performing it. Cozy up to a bottle of Jack Daniels and check out Chris Stapleton and Traveler as well.