On his latest releases, “From A Room: Volume 1” and “From A Room: Volume 2,” country singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton shows that songs too get better with age.
Many of the songs were written, give or take, a decade ago, culled from Stapleton’s massive collection of tracks, which a New York Times article said was 1,000 songs deep.
When it came time to pull from his collection for “Volume 1” and “Volume 2,” Stapleton tried to review each song objectively, ensuring that the albums weren’t full of dime-a-dozen tunes.
“It’s real easy to write a song in a day and think that you knocked it out of the park,” Stapleton told NPR in December. “It’s a whole different thing to sit down a decade later and listen to that song that you wrote on that day objectively.
“I prefer the ones that have been around for 10 years and I can still listen to them and go ‘I still like to sing this. I still like to hear this.’ ”
Audiences and critics alike have made it known they feel the same.
“Each (song) is charming and sturdy and well put together, evidence of an artist who is at the very top of his game and ready to reach even higher,” Paste’s Ben Salmon wrote in his review of “Volume 1.”
“Again, the songs feel like unearthed classics,” Rolling Stone’s Will Hermes wrote in his review of “Volume 2.”
And in January, Stapleton took home the awards for Best Country Album (“From A Room: Volume 1”), Best Country Song (“Broken Halos”) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Either Way”) at the 60th Grammy Awards.
He’ll perform songs from both “Volune 1” and “Volume 2” at the Spokane Arena on Thursday.