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Chris Stapleton, country's 'baddest' voice, defies categories
Chris Stapleton, country's 'baddest' voice, defies categories

Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton started drawing attention almost immediately when he first surfaced almost a decade ago as the lead singer and chief songwriter for the Nashville-based progressive bluegrass band the SteelDrivers. Bluegrass had always been known for singers who could create the "high lonesome sound" that stretched back to the man widely acknowledged as its first and most important star, Bill Monroe. Instead, Stapleton's raspy voice and blues inflections seemed to have more in common with Ray Charles, an artist who obliterated many preconceived notions about country music with his "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music" recordings in the...

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