Chris Stapleton Debuts Heartbreaking Cover Of Willie Nelson Hit

(Left) David McClister via Lonestar Music Magazine/(Right) iHeart Radio

If you’re like the rest of us, then you’ve been counting down the days until Chris Stapleton releases his next album. Titled From a Room: Volume 1, the record is set for release on May 5.

So far we’ve had the chance to hear a couple of the songs off of the new album, including “Broken Halos” and “Second One to Know.” Stapleton debuted the latter song during the ACM Awards in April, and his performance was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.

Now, Stapleton has released yet another track off of his upcoming album. Titled “Last Thing I Need, First Thing This Morning,” the song should be familiar to longtime country fans.

“Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning,” was originally recorded by Willie Nelson and released in October 1982. The song was a big hit, and managed to climb all the way to the second spot on the Billboard country chart.

Nelson’s harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, joins Stapleton on his cover of the song. The wail of Raphael’s harmonica adds further to the song’s emotional nature, which is all about heartbreak.

Written by Gary P. Nunn and Donna Sioux, the song is narrated by a man whose lover has just left him. After waking up in the morning, a series of things go wrong and leave the narrator feeling discouraged. But then he discovers that his lover has left him, making his bad morning even worse. As he sings, “But the last thing I needed, the first thing this morning, was to have you walk out on me.

The song has a distinct bluesy style, making it the perfect fit for Stapleton and his voice. As we’ve witnessed before, Stapleton excels at singing the blues. He does just that in “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning,” all while maintaining a country sound at the same time.

Stapleton’s wife Morgane also joins him on the track. Her haunting harmonies add great dynamic to the song.

Go ahead and scroll down below to catch the audio clip of Stapleton’s cover. We hope you enjoy it!