"I played in a rock'n'roll band. I played in a bluegrass band. I had other things I wanted to do, besides country music. And then a switch was flipped."
"I loved the sonic quality Dave Cobb got on Sturgill Simpson's records. I wasn't sure you could still make records that sound like that, like older records I had in my head. Some people you just can't work with -- personalities rub. I went over to his house to see if we could stand each other," says Stapleton (with wife Morgane and members of his band) about Traveller producer Dave Cobb. "Two days in, we had six songs done, start to finish. Made the entire record in a week, then had another week to mix it."
CMA Awards Surprises
"I didn't expect to win any CMA Awards," Stapleton says of the ceremony in November, where he brought down the house performing with Justin Timberlake. "I was just going to have fun and play my songs."
'Make Music That You Love'
"The lesson is, make music that you love. A lot of people get in trouble when they do what they're told to do because they want to be famous. No one has ever forced me to do anything."