When the whiskey bottle is emptied, there’s only one course of action: light up a fat one. That’s the gist of Chris Stapleton’s on-the-nose “Might As Well Get Stoned,” one of the most bluesy tracks on his excellent debut album Traveller. Last night, Stapleton and his small but powerful band, which includes wife Morgane on vocals, performed the song on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers.
“That song is old, old, old. Maybe the first two years I was in Nashville, I wrote that song with my dear friend Jimmy Stewart,” Stapleton told Rolling Stone Country recently. “We were sitting around in my then garage apartment and we’d sit up all night and play fiddle tunes, write and bullshit. It was a wonderful time.”
But Stapleton said it was an Ice Cube movie, not some old outlaw-country classic, that influenced the song.
“We were talking about the movie Friday. When it’s Friday, man, you might as well get stoned,” Stapleton said with a laugh. “I’m going on a 12-year-old memory, and I’m sure there was alcohol involved, so don’t hold me to this as the story, but I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be a good idea for a country song? Why would the country guy be getting stoned? Well, he ran out of whiskey!'”
On Seth Meyers, Stapleton growled his way through “Might As Well Get Stoned,” backing himself up on guitar and unleashing some greasy licks. By song’s end he had pulled off that most difficult of TV-performance feats: setting a distinct mood in a sterile studio.
Stapleton is currently headlining his own club tour. He’ll play the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday, and will open a string of dates for Warren Haynes in October.