Chris Stapleton on Black Lives Matter: 'I Don't Know How You Could Think They Don't'

Singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton poses in the press room with the male vocalist of the year, song of the year and single of the year awards at the 52nd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

During a CBS This Morning interview about forthcoming country album Starting Over, Chris Stapleton spoke up about one of 2020's most contentious topics, the Black Lives Matter movement.

The singer-songwriter found the reaction of many to George Floyd's murder as a sign that a "broad awakening" is happening in America.

"I think everybody should be doing more," he said. "It's time for me to listen. And it's time for other folks to listen."

Listening to other perspectives and learning about other peoples' fears shook the "Tennessee Whiskey" singer's views on society to their core.

"You know, I thought we were living in a different country. And that's 100% real," he said. "I feel like the country that I thought that we were living in was a myth."

When asked to comment on Black Lives Matter, Stapleton mirrored common sense takes by Dolly Parton and other outspoken country stars: "Do I think Black lives matter? Absolutely...I don't know how you could think they don't.

"I think we all have a lot of work to do, you know, as individuals and as a society," Stapleton added. "And if you don't think that, I think you're not looking."

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Stapleton's new album, completed shortly before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shut down the tour plans of his Nashville peers, follows the commercial and critical success of Traveller and the two-part From A Room series of solo albums.

Its track list includes "Watch You Burn," a song about the 2017 mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

"It's a powerful number to me that conveys the sentiment, hey let's cut the evil s*** out... it's a plea in some ways," he says of the "therapeutic" song.

Once touring on his new songs makes sense, Stapleton hopes the road beyond trending livestream specials and drive-in theater concerts goes on forever.

"We all hope for that Willie Nelson career where we're, you know, 85 or 86, and we can go play as much as or as little as we want to," he said. "I think if I am able to walk out on stage and hold a guitar when I'm 85, I think that's probably gonna happen."

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Chris Stapleton on Black Lives Matter: 'I Don't Know How You Could Think They Don't'