Cover Photo By Andy Barron
By: Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal
Chris Stapleton is one of those unique artists that comes along and completely dominates the music scene. He has been on tour throughout 2019 in continued support of his two 2017 releases, From A Room: Volume 1 and From A Room: Volume 2. In a country music scene that has recently moved to a more polished, crossover, pop friendly style, Stapleton has stripped back all the glitz and glamour to produce three amazing albums. His work is reminiscent of traditional, outlaw style country, yet new and relatable to younger audiences, thanks to his blend of country, rock, blues, soul and R&B.
The success of Stapleton’s debut release, Traveller, in 2015 took many by surprise. The album won several awards, including the 2015 Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. Traveller was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and won Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance. The album also won the Academy of Country Music Award for album of the year.
Casual fans of country music heard the singles “Traveller”, “Nobody to Blame” and “Parachute” when they were played on the radio, however, the entire album is a musical masterpiece. The release of From A Room: Volume 1 debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and topped the Country Albums chart for several weeks. Stapleton continued his winning streak when the album won Album of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards and Best Country Album at the Grammy Awards. The hit single “Broken Halos” continues to play in heavy rotation on country radio stations.
With From A Room: Volume 2, Stapleton delivered an Americana album, full of country, folk, blues, Southern rock and soul. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200. The song “Midnight Train to Memphis” was played on rock radio stations and introduced Stapleton’s music to a new group of fans. “Millionaire” earned him a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards.
Chris Stapleton has accomplished what other country artists attempt, which is to crossover to other genres; however, he’s done it without compromising his creativity and vision for his own music. He teamed with Brent Cobb to perform a slowed down, country version of the AC/DC classic “You Shook Me All Night Long”, as a tribute to Malcolm Young following his death. Stapleton has also worked with Justin Timberlake, delivering an amazing performance at the 2015 CMA awards, and he worked with him again on the duet “Say Something”, which appeared on Timberlake’s 2018 album Man of the Woods. His collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars on the song “Blow” delighted fans with the heavy rock sound.
With just a few dates left on his 2019 tour, we hope Stapleton will be back in the studio and ready to release a new album soon. In the meantime, fans have a few chances to catch this phenomenal artist perform live. Head over to Ticketmaster to purchase your tickets for an upcoming performance.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Oct. 3 — Springfield, Mo. @ JQH Arena §
Oct. 4 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena #
Oct. 5 — Memphis, Tenn. @ FedEx Forum §
Oct. 10 — Jacksonville, Fla. @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena #
Oct. 11 — Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre #
Oct. 12 — West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre #
Oct. 17 — Charleston, S.C. @ North Charleston Coliseum §
Oct. 18 — Virginia Beach, Va. @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach §
Oct. 19 — Greensboro, N.C. @ Greensboro Coliseum §
Oct. 25 — Peoria, Ill. @ Peoria Civic Center §
Oct. 26 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center §
Nov. 1 — Greenville, S.C. @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena §
Nov. 2 — Louisville, Ky. @ KFC Yum! Center §
§ with special guests Brothers Osborne, Kendell Marvel
# with special guest TBA, Kendell Marvel
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