Chris Stapleton’s career success has taken its time to materialize. Like many of the characters who populate his songs, he was a behind-the-scenes guy for years, honing his craft as a Nashville songwriter. Before anyone knew his name, he wrote a bounty of hit country singles for big artists such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker. But in the last two years, Stapleton has stepped into the spotlight his songs have inhabited for years. His 2015 debut album, Traveller, was a bona fide hit, selling more than 2 million copies and leading to awards show performances with superstars such as Justin Timberlake. His most recent release, Songs From a Room, alludes to Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, where it was recorded. The album proves that Stapleton is no one-trick pony. It’s pure country joy delivered with Stapleton’s soulful baritone and impeccably performed by the Nashville session musicians he calls friends.