The superstar recently sat down with CBS This Morning co-host Anthony Mason and revealed that among the album’s 14 tracks is a song that was written in response to the 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas that killed 59 people.
The tune, entitled “Watch You Burn,” opens with the lyrics, “Only a coward would pick up a gun, and shoot up a crowd trying to have fun.”
Stapleton said writing the song was “therapeutic,” and describes it as “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 said.
Stapleton did not perform at the festival that weekend, however, many of his peers, including Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Jake Owen did.
Starting Over, which was produced by Stapleton’s longtime collaborator Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, will be released on November 13. The lead single and title track is at country radio now.