Written by Tim James, Kendall Marvel, and Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton reclaims his composition that was originally recorded by Lee Ann Womack, and as good as her recording of it was, it is exceeded by Stapleton’s version in every way.
It is incredibly risky to present a song as simply as Stapleton does, because with only an acoustic guitar to accompany him, the record’s success rests entirely on his vocal performance. Stapleton reveals previously hidden nuances in his own lyric, moving past the chilly bitterness and bringing regret, helplessness, and sorrow to the surface.
“Either Way” is Stapleton’s strongest single to date and easily one of the best releases of 2017.