Although thousands now know and love Chris Stapleton for his incredible debut album Traveller, he’s also penned some huge hits for other country artists. As a songwriter, he has written six No. 1 songs for artists including Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker.
George Strait’s 2011 chart topper, “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright,” was co-written by Stapleton and Al Anderson. Back before he began sweeping the categories at country music award shows, Stapleton played a selection of his most popular cuts during small club shows across the country. In 2013, he put his own spin on the Strait single during an appearance at a venue in Long Island.
Thanks to his intense and gritty vocals, it’s hard to recognize the snappy, uptempo track. That breezy feeling of celebrating love is still the centerpiece of the song, which inspires the crowd to join in on a joyful sing-along.
It’s always interesting to hear the original version of a track that was made famous by another artist, but that’s especially true when it’s a Stapleton track. Although he always knows how to make a song his own, he also has the incredible ability to write a solid country song that can connect with both artists and listeners immediately.