Chris Stapleton has been making a name for himself in the music world in recent years, becoming one of the most celebrated country music stars of his generation. But now, the Nashville resident is trading in his “Tennessee Whiskey” for the Natural State.
Stapleton isn’t moving to Arkansas (as far as we know), but he did recently release a new song entitled “Arkansas.”
The song was released online last week, although he performed it last year while on his All-American Road Show Tour. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Stapleton plans to incorporate “Arkansas” on his next album, Starting Over. The album is slated to be released Nov. 13.
In the song, Stapleton sings about taking a road trip through Arkansas, heading through the Ozarks and Northwest Arkansas, where he called the Hogs; stopping in Little Rock for some barbecue; seeing the White River; and heading out the state via West Memphis.
Now, everyone wants to know: what barbecue joint was he talking about?
Throughout the song, Stapleton extols the virtues of the state, singing that it’s a place to have fun – so much fun that “it’s probably a little bit against the law.” That might be why he’s seeing blue lights in the rear view mirror as he crosses the state line.
It’s a great song for Arkansas residents and those who love the state. For those who are unfamiliar with our state’s charms, it can be a great introduction. As Stapleton sings, “If you wanna get down, gotta get down to Arkansas.”
Check out the song here:
Image courtesy of Chris Stapleton’s Instagram