Chris Stapleton and Ram Trucks, in conjunction with ACM  Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, today announced a partnership that will see the two-time Grammy Award winner return to Johnson Central High School, his alma mater, located in Stapleton’s hometown of Paintsville, Kentucky.   During the visit, Ram Nation volunteers (a grassroots team of Ram truck owners) and students from the Johnson Central High School carpentry program will dedicate an outdoor performance space, The Golden Eagle Stage Powered By RAM Trucks, for the school’s use.   It will be located on the grounds of Johnson Central High School, and was constructed by JCHS carpentry students in conjunction with Ram Nation volunteers.

    In addition, Stapleton will perform a closed afternoon concert for students, educators and administrators at the Johnson Central High School Gymnasium.  Later that evening, Stapleton will return to the same stage for his sold-out ‘Ram Trucks Hometown Concert’ for the Paintsville community.

    “While the story of Chris Stapleton may not be widely known, it’s one of pride, dedication and perseverance, all values important to our Ram truck owners,” said Marissa Hunter, Director of Brand Advertising, FCA US. “It’s a great opportunity and honor for us to go back to Paintsville with Chris to document his return to the place that built his character and work-ethic. Ram will be creating videos from this experience to show millions of people the very special town and moments that made Chris the man he is today.”


    About Ram Trucks

    The Ram Truck brand is sponsoring the March 24 Paintsville activities as part of its ongoing relationship with Stapleton. In conjunction with his 2015 Traveller album, the brand first partnered with the award-winning and critically acclaimed artist, who is a Ram truck owner himself, for a series of episodic videos telling stories of Stapleton and real Ram truck owners’ experiences travelling in their trucks. The videos can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/ramtrucks along with a“Waltz Across Texas” videofeaturing Stapleton’s powerful vocals (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJQVOlnleuk).

    Ram Nation is a grassroots volunteer corps of Ram owners and like-minded people willing and ready to lend a helping hand in their communities when an opportunity arises. Truck owners interested in answering future calls to help, whether its mobilizing volunteers to assist in disaster relief efforts or proactive community outreach initiatives, can sign up for Ram Nation at RamTrucks.com/RamNation.

    About ACM Lifting Lives®
    ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities and supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors ease back into life.  For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

    Video / Chris & Ram Trucks 1


    If you haven’t had a chance to see Chris Stapleton in concert, never fear. He’s added several more shows to his touring schedule this spring and summer. In addition to his dates with Luke Bryan and Hank Williams, Jr., he’s also got several headlining gigs with Jason Isbell, Aubrie Sellers, Anderson East and Sam Lewis on select shows. Tickets for the new shows go on sale Friday (March 18th).

    Go to Chrisstapleton.com for more information on tour dates or to see when he’s coming to your town.

    In other news, Chris, who’s up for seven ACM Awards next month, has announced he’s returning to his homestate of Kentucky, the town of Paintsville, to be exact, to perform a FREE concert at Johnson Central High School Gymnasium. The show, sponsored by Ram Trucks, will take place March 24th; tickets were handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

    Chris is sitting inside the Top 10 on the country charts with “Nobody to Blame.”


    Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton have been added to the list of performers at next month’s ACM Awards. They’re joined by Jason AldeanTim McGraw and Thomas Rhett. Previously announced performers include Keith Urban, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini, Cam and Florida Georgia Line.

    The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be hosted by Luke and Dierks, will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 3rd at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.


    Chris Stapleton has released a music video for “Fire Away,” a song from his award-winning album, Traveller. The concept of the clip, which features Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, X-Men) and Margarita Levieva (The Black List, Revenge) and directed by Tim Mattia, was conceived by Chris.

    The clip, which takes you through a young married couple’s first happy moments that quickly turn tragic, is helping to bring awareness to mental health issues, specifically through the Campaign to Change Direction. The organization was introduced to Chris through Foster and hopes to begin conversations about the five signs of mental illness, which are featured in the video. Nearly one in five people have a diagnosable health condition and most of them do not speak up.

    Chris is currently blazing up the country charts with his single “Nobody to Blame,” which is also from his album, Traveller.

    At this year’s ACM Awards, he’s nominated for Male Vocalist, New Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for Traveller, Song of the Year for “Nobody to Blame” and Vocal Event of the Year for the song “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan. The 51st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 3rd at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Check out the video here: http://www.chrisstapleton.com/fire-away/

    Album buy link: http://umgn.us/Traveller

    Video / Chris Stapleton Fire Away

  • NEWS AND NOTES: LBT, Dierks, Chris, Sam

    Little Big Town will appear as guest judges on Project Runway All Stars on Thursday night (February 25th). The contestants are tasked with creating looks for the fashionable ladies to wear to this year’s ACM Awards. The show airs at 9pm ET on Lifetime.


    The official music video for Dierks Bentley‘s “Somewhere on a Beach” will premiere this Friday (February 26th) on VEVO.  The Behind-the-Scenes of the clip will debut on Break.com.

    Video link: http://vevo.ly/4GyHH4

    Buy Link: http://umgn.us/SomewhereOnABeach


    Chris Stapleton’s Traveller is on the short list for the inaugural American Music Prize, along with debut albums by Azealia Banks, Benjamin Booker and Leon Bridges, among others. The winner is set to be announced March 2nd.

    This week, Sam Hunt helped present one of the Grammy Amplifier Program Awards (by Hyundai and the Recording Academy) to Adley Stump, a member of Blake Shelton’s team on Season 2 of The Voice. She will receive one of three prizes – a recording session, a live performance showcase or a music video. “It takes a whole lot of passion, commitment and conviction to put yourself out there, to enter a competition and to be judged,” said Sam in a press release. “There is no formula for making it in this business, but American Bombshell, Kirby and Adley have been given a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow as musicians. There’s absolutely nothing that gives us more pleasure than to be a part of an initiative like the Grammy Amplifier program that gives these aspiring talents opportunities that will help them to develop their crafts.”


    The ACM nominees for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year were announced on Thursday (February 18th). Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” Eric Paslay’s “She Don’t Love You” and Chris Stapleton’s “Nobody to Blame” are on the ballot, as well as Keith Urban’s “Raise ‘Em Up,” featuring Eric Church.

    The Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 3rd at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Song of the Year [awarded to songwriter(s)/publisher(s)/artist(s)]
    “Burning House,” Cam
    Songwriters: Jeffrey Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Cam

    “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
    Songwriters: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose

    “Nobody to Blame,” Chris Stapleton
    Songwriters: Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman

    “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
    Songwriters: Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele

    “She Don’t Love You,” Eric Paslay
    Songwriters: Eric Paslay, Jennifer Wayne

    Songwriter of the Year
    Rodney Clawson (“Crash My Party”)
    Ross Copperman (“Strip It Down”)
    Ashley Gorley (“Play It Again”)
    Shane McAnally (“Break Up in a Small Town”)
    Josh Osborne (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”)

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about writing “She Don’t Love You” with Jennifer Wayne.


    Eric Paslay (She Don’t Love You) OC: …this album. :52
    “We initially were trying to write a song for George Strait ‘cause he had just announced that he was doing Cowboy Rides Away tour, and Jen Wayne’s grandfather is John Wayne, so she knows a lot about cowboys. So, we were trying to just write that song, and we didn’t quite have it and in the midst, like songwriters do of writing a song, we were just cutting up and small talk and this and that. And I think I said ‘She don’t love you’ or she said ‘she don’t love you’ and I said ‘Yeah, she’s just lonely,’ just kind of joking around or something. And 45 minutes later we had written ‘She Don’t Love You,’ and I’m proud to have a great ballad. I believe it was probably the best ballad I’ve ever been a part of writing-wise. And I think when you think of country music, those songs that the whole room quiets down over or even all the guys at the bar turn around and listen, and that’s definitely that song on this album.”



    Keith Urban (Raise ‘Em Up) 3 OC: …sang on it. :15
    “It wasn’t written as a duet, but it just struck me as the perfect song. There’s a particular theme really in the song, particularly in the second verse that I felt was just perfect for Eric. I sent him the song, and he loved it. And I was really happy that he came in and sang on it.”


    Chris Stapleton showed his funny side on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night (February 17th), just days after winning two GRAMMY Awards.

    Not only did he perform “When the Stars Come Out” with wife Morgane and producer Dave Cobb, as well as the rest of his band, but he also was game for a fake TV ad for a “special concept album,” titled Chringeworthy, in which he takes some of the most irritating words in the English language and turns them into songs. Some of the words include “delish,” “moist” and juicy,” as well as “panties,” “scrotum” and “vajayjay.”

    During the ad, Chris pledged that he would “turn all the words you hate the most, into songs you will love the most.” And, if you didn’t wait to buy it, you could also get a free tube of ointment.

    Chris tops the ACM nominations, alongside Eric Church, with five. He earned nods in both the Male Vocalist and New Male Vocalist categories, as well as Vocal Event for “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan, plus nominations as both artist and producer in the Album of the Year category for Traveller. These mark Chris’ first nominations as an artist. He was previously nominated as a songwriter in 2014 for “Drink A Beer,” which was recorded by Luke Bryan (with Stapleton on background vocals). The Academy of Country Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas April 3rd beginning at 8pm ET on CBS.


    Chris Stapleton just picked up his first-ever GRAMMY Award, for Best Country Solo Performance for the song “Traveller.” He accepted the award .in the pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony. “I’ve never had one of these, and that’s amazing,” he said. “I’ve been sitting out in this audience a couple different times. Third time’s the charm.”

    Chris thanked his wife, Morgane, his band, UMG and his producer, Dave Cobbs.

    The Kentucky native is also nominated for overall Album of the Year for Traveller and overall Album of the Year.

    UPDATE: Chris also took home the Grammy Award for Best Country Album for Traveller.

    Audio / Chris Stapleton explains why he felt why his album should be named Traveller.


    Chris Stapleton (title of Traveller) OC: …folks too. :43
    “The song ‘Traveller’ and how it ended up being the title of the record, it seemed like a natural thing to call it, because a lot of, certainly the inspiration for this record came from a series of events. It’s kind of the only song that was written inside of, well, there might’ve been one other song written inside of knowing I was going to make this record in this way. The rest of the songs came from outside of that time period. So, that’s one reason to name it that. The other reason is that it can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s about a journey in a musical sense and in a physical sense and in a spiritual sense. In every way that you can have a journey, this record is kind of that for me, and hopefully for some other folks too.”


    Chris Stapleton has been added to the list of performers at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. He’ll be joined by Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. in a tribute to the late B.B. King.

    Chris is nominated for four GRAMMYs, including Album of the Year and Best Country Album for Traveller, as well as Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for the album’s title cut, “Traveller.”

    Previously announced country performers include Little Big Town, Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood.

    Chris is climbing the country charts with his latest single, “Nobody to Blame.”

    The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles February 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

  • NEWS & NOTES: LBT, Church, Dierks, Lady A, Darius, Sam, Chris

    Little Big Town will perform the National Anthem and halftime show during Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Little Big Town, who will hit the road with Luke Bryan on the Kill the Lights Tour, are making their way up the country charts with “Pain Killer,” the title cut of their latest album.

    Little Big Town will perform during this year’s Grammy Awards. The group is nominated for Best Country Album for Pain Killer, as well as Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Girl Crush,” which is also up for Best Country Song and overall Song of the Year. The Grammys will air February 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are among the artists slated to perform at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena March 16th to honor Kris Kristofferson. The show will be filmed for a special, The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson, which will be distributed worldwide. Grammy-winning producer and musician Don Was will serve as music director for the event. Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and many more will also perform. Tickets go on sale Saturday (January 23rd).

    Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton will perform at Bonnaroo this year, along with Pearl Jam, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cuite, Jason Isbell and Grace Potter. The 15th anniversary of the event will take place June 9th – 12th with tickets going on sale Friday (January 22nd).

    Sam Hunt and Lady Antebellum are scheduled to perform during the second annual Windy City Lake Shake festival in Chicago, June 17th – 19th. Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn and Thomas Rhett are also set to perform.