Roots rocker and country firebrand Chris Stapleton released a striking video Monday morning for “Fire Away,” the latest single off his multiple Grammy and CMA-winning solo debut Traveller.
Starring Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) and Margarita Levieva (ABC’s Revenge) and conceived by the singer, the video follows a couple through courtship and marriage before dissolving into struggle and, ultimately, tragedy. (While not at heart center of the video, Stapleton does make a convincing cameo as the bartender for the grief-stricken Foster.)
The video also aims higher than just visually representing the whiskey-soaked tune — it also enters into a dialogue about mental health awareness, specifically through The Campaign to Change Direction. Foster introduced Stapleton to the organization, and here they both serve it well.
“Fire Away,” a highlight off Traveller and now a highlight of recent music videos, is streaming below.
Stapleton is in the midst of a somewhat unprecendented breakout since releasing Traveller last summer. After taking home three CMA Awards — Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Best New Artist — watching his album jump to No.1, booking enormous festival appearances at Coachella and Bonnaroo, playing Saturday Night Live and most every other late night show, he won two Grammys and announced a short tour with Hank Williams Jr. He is currently nominated for four ACMs, which will air in April.