Quotes from Chris Stapleton


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


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 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.


The goal is always just to write the best song that you can write. I mean, the process for writing a song is the process for writing a song. It's not something I look at it as something I need to do something different.


I always tell people, 'The music's free. I get paid to travel.'


I always just try to write the best songs that I can at any given time, and sometimes those songs are for me, and sometimes they're for other people. And that's to be evaluated after the fact.


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


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.


I think the path is different for everybody. Go after the doors that are open to you. That has always been my motto getting into the music business. Do the things that seem to be good opportunities and work hard at it. Try to make good decisions and be nice. Hopefully all of that will pay off at some point.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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 write the songs and hand it over to the world and see what happens. But the things that I've written for people that have been hits, I don't know that I would have directed them in the right path, but they definitely wound up on the right path.


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


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


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.


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