Christopher Paul Stelling – New Album ‘Best Of Luck’ out on 7th February – Watch video for ‘Trouble Don’t Follow Me’

October 17, 2019



Christopher Paul Stelling is an intense singer and lyrically has that poetic sense of mystery you can find in the songs of Bob Dylan.” NPR Music

“The energy this man is able to unleash through his songs and performances is unprecedented. The power and talent he beholds is a rare and beautiful thing.” No Depression

Impassioned singer and virtuosic guitar player Christopher Paul Stelling is announcing his new album today. Titled ‘Best of Luck’, the Ben Harper-produced record will be released on 7th February via ANTI-. Directed by Andrew Anderson, the new video for ‘Trouble Don’t Follow Me’ finds Stelling traversing the wooded roads of North Carolina in a ‘60’s Ford pick-up truck, until the truck breaks down and he must head towards both his destiny and his destination on foot.

Throughout ‘Best of Luck’, discontent and self-doubt are transformed into messages of resilience and hope. ‘Trouble Don’t Follow Me’ captures this perfectly, with an upbeat almost anthemic rhythm and soulful, gospel-tinged vocals. “It comes as no surprise to me that one of my most optimistic songs could be written in the most difficult hour,” Stelling says. “When all I needed was a little hope and a song I could play night after night and not get tired of. Something that captured the basic recipe for endurance. A song about marching on, a warning to anything that might stand in your way, and needing to feel strong for the people around you, so you can inspire them to do the same.”

In September, Stelling released the single ‘Have To Do For Now’ with an accompanying music video that was also shot by Anderson in and around Stelling’s home in Asheville. The video follows Stelling as he spends time at home in late summer and early fall, becomes taken over by strong memories and shapes them into song. Watch it HERE.

Harper says he instantly recognized a kindred spirit in Stelling’s virtuosic fingerpicking and soulful delivery. “It was like finding a John Fahey or Leo Kottke that was a really great singer,” he explains.

‘Best Of Luck’ is a supremely accessible and finely crafted record that deftly merges genres. Harper, who has previously produced records by Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, The Blind Boys of Alabama and others, recruited an all-star rhythm section with Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks, Dixie Chicks) on drums and upright bass player Mike Valerio (Randy Newman, LA Philharmonic) to lend versatility and finesse. “I really believe this record is the intersection where folk and soul meet,” Harper says. Stelling will embark on a European tour in April 2020 in support of his new album, which will also include a few UK dates. All confirmed dates are listed below.

European Tour Dates 
 April 1 – Odense, DK – Dexter
April 2 – Gladsaxe, DK – Richter
April 3 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub
April 5 – Utrecht, NL – TivoliVredenburg
April 6 – London, UK – The Old Blue Last
April 7 – Chester, UK – St. Mary’s Creative Space
April 8 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast

April 10 – Oostende, BE – De Zwerver
April 11 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown
April 15 – Milano, IT – Legend Club
April 16 – Torino, IT – Blah Blah
April 17 – Florence, IT – Arci Progresso
April 18 – Ravenna, IT – Boca Barranca
April 20 – Langnau, CH – Kaptn Holger
April 22 – Barberaz, FR – Le Brin de Zinc
April 23 – Nevers, FR – La Tavern’
April 28 – Barcelona, ES – Casa Gracia
April 29 – Zaragoza, ES – Rock & Blues Café
April 30 – Madrid, ES – El Intruso
May 1 – Vigo, ES – Radar Estudios
May 2 – Braga, PT – Teatro Circo
May 8 – Groningen, NL – Der-Aa Theater 



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