Chris Stapleton’s ‘Either Way’ Performance Will Remind You What a Generational Talent He Is

Midway through Chris Stapleton’s sophomore album, From A Room, Vol. 1, you’ll hit the record’s emotional climax, “Either Way.” 

Accompanied only by his guitar, Stapleton tackles a sorrowful and challenging subject, much like “Whiskey And You” did with alcoholism on his first album, Traveller. 

“Either Way” sketches a broken relationship where both lovers are going through the motions devoid of any love for one another. “The only time we talk is when the monthly bills are due/we go to work, we go to church, we fake the perfect life.” 

Part of Stapleton’s massive success as a mainstream artist is his ability to make you feel every lyric in his songs. Even if you’ve never lived through a fizzling relationship at the end of its rope, Stapleton puts you right there in the hallway with your despondent lover passing by.

Similar to “Whiskey And You,” Stapleton also wrote “Either Way” well before his solo career began, and gave both songs to other artists to record first. Lee Ann Womack cut “Either Way” for her 2008 album, Call Me Crazy. But Chris’s cut is in a class of its own and leaves a tremendous impact when you hear it on the record and watch him perform it live.

Stapleton recently visited Charlie Rose to perform the song just as its recorded on the album, with just as much of an emotional punch.

Say what you will about the state of modern country music; just thank God we have an artist like Stapleton topping the charts with music like this.

So far, From A Room, Vol. 1 has been both a critical and commercial success. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, where it’s currently riding in the No. 2 position.

Stapleton is currently on a tour that extends through late fall. Click here for dates to see when he’s coming to a town near you.

“Either Way” Lyrics

We pass in the hall on our way to separate rooms

The only time we ever talk is when the monthly bills are due

We go to work, we go to church

We fake the perfect life

I’m past the point of giving damns

All my tears are cried

We can just go on like this

Say the word, we’ll call it quits

Baby, you can go or you can stay

But I won’t love you either way

It’s been so long since I’ve felt

Anything inside these walls

You can’t help, you can’t hurt

When you don’t feel at all

I used to cry and stay up nights

And wonder what went wrong

It’s been hard

But hearts can only do that for so long

We can just go on like this

Say the word, we’ll call it quits

Baby, you can go or you can stay

I won’t love you either way

We can just go on like this

Say the word, we’ll call it quits

Baby, you can go or you can stay

But I won’t love you either way

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