Nashville, TN

Album: Starting Over (2020)
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  • Chris Stapleton wrote this ballad with his wife Morgane in 2015 about his decision to bid farewell to the place that shaped him.

    So long, Nashville, Tennessee
    You can't have what's left of me
    And as far as I can tell
    It's high time, I wish you well
  • Stapleton broke out as a solo artist in 2015 after a Justin Timberlake collaboration at the CMAs. Their fiery medley of "Tennessee Whiskey" and Timberlake's "Drink You Away" made a star of Stapleton, and his Nashville home became a tourist attraction.

    "All of a sudden there's a bus with people from four states away showing up in my driveway while I'm trying to play ball with my kids," he recalled to the LA Times. "I'm not complaining, but I'd spent 37 years not living in that space. I had to get away from the anxiety of that bus rolling up twice a day."

    Stapleton and his family moved south of Nashville on a ranch in Franklin, Tennessee, far removed from a tourist bus stop.
  • Stapleton recruited one of the best Nashville session musicians, Paul Franklin, to add steel guitar while Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers plays Hammond B3.

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  • Bill from MoJust got back from nashville this song is right its not what it used to be been there 4 times this last time it has changed alot
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