On Wednesday night’s (11-10) CMA Awards, Chris Stapleton came out a big winner. He won Male Vocalist of the Year and the three other awards for Best Album, Song, and Single all had a theme. They generated around the song, “Starting Over,” which is also the name of his album. We asked Chris if there was a theme to the album. He told us this: “I’ve never really looked at records necessarily as having a theme. I’ve never made a record in that kind of a constraint necessarily. And there are a lot of great records that have this theme and this overlying thread that kind of runs through them. Maybe the thread for me is just I’m singing. I wrote a bulk of the songs. It’s the same guys playing all the songs. If there’s a theme – if there’s a theme it’s hopefully there’s a theme of truth somewhere in it. And what I mean by that is hopefully we’re conveying in the songs some experiences that feel real and hopefully people can find themselves in those songs and in the album. And for me if I’m looking for a theme it’s that kind of, I don’t know, that thing that binds us all together as humans.” : 54 (OC: together as humans)

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