• Chris Stapleton

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Universal Music Group Nashville recording artist and three-time GRAMMY nominee Chris Stapleton is an established songwriter with five No. one hits already under his belt including the five-week No. one “Never Wanted Nothing More” recorded by Kenny Chesney, “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” recorded by George Strait, and “Drink A Beer” recorded by Luke Bryan.  As a writer for Sea Gayle Music Publishing, Stapleton has penned over 170 album cuts, including songs recorded by Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and has such notable co-writers as Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow among others.  Additionally, Stapleton has shared the stage with such respected artists as Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, Emmy Lou Harris and more.

As lead vocalist for critically acclaimed bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Stapleton earned three GRAMMY nominations including Best Bluegrass Album, as well as an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Emerging Artist of the Year.  He’s won six ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films including “Cars 2” and “Valentine’s Day.”
Stapleton is currently working on his first solo studio album for Universal Music Group Nashville.

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WATCH CHRIS STAPLETON PERFORM ON THE 2021 CMT MUSIC AWARDS: “HOLD ON” WITH H.E.R. AND “ARKANSAS;” EXTENSIVE “ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW” TOUR CONFIRMED.

Chris Stapleton joined forces with fellow Grammy Award-winner H.E.R. for a special performance of her single, “Hold On,” during last night’s 2021 CMT Music Awards. Watch the performance, which Billboard hails as “showstopping,” HERE.

 

Earlier in the night, Stapleton also performed his own song, “Arkansas,” from The Bonnaroo Farm.

 

The performances add to yet another monumental year for Stapleton, who will return to the road next month with his extensive “All-American Road Show.” Kicking off July 28 with three nights at Gilford, NH’s Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, the tour includes stops at Arlington, TX’s Globe Life Field, Atlanta’s Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, New York’s Madison Square Garden, two nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Washington State’s Gorge Amphitheatre among many others. Stapleton will be joined by several special guests throughout the run including (in alphabetical order) Sheryl Crow, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Caylee Hammack, Jamey Johnson, Elle King, Nikki Lane, The Marcus King Band, Kendell Marvel, Wille Nelson and Family, Margo Price, Dwight Yoakam and Yola.

The tour also includes “A Concert for Kentucky”—a special performance to be held at University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field on April 23, 2022. The concert is the first ever held at UK’s Kroger Field and will feature very special guests Willie Nelson and Family, Sheryl Crow and Yola. 100% of the concert’s net proceeds will benefit Stapleton’s newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund. Established in partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation, the fund will specifically support local and national organizations directly impacting Kentucky, with initial grant distributions focusing on music and arts education.

The newly confirmed dates celebrate Stapleton’s critically acclaimed new album, Starting Over, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart this past November. Moreover, the album’s title track recently reached #1 at country radio’s Mediabase Chart, only Stapleton’s second chart-topping single as an artist following 2018’s “Broken Halos.” Released this past fall on Mercury Records Nashville (stream/purchase here), Starting Over is an album of startling prescience, featuring fourteen tracks that examine life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles. Once again produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, the record won Album of the Year at the 56th ACM Awards and landed on several “Best of 2020” lists including NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Esquire, Vulture, The Tennessean and The New York Times, who declares, “Chris Stapleton’s roar isn’t designed to scare you off. It’s regal, an announcement of an alpha figure asserting his primacy…on this, his fourth album, the thrill is back.”

Recent critical acclaim for Starting Over:

“Chris Stapleton may have the album of the year with Starting Over”—American Songwriter

“a sure-footed masterpiece…one of the year’s finest albums”—Associated Press

“Simply put, there are few recording artists in country operating at Stapleton’s level, and Starting Over keeps the bar very high.” —Billboard

“a dynamite and dynamic new album from the mighty-voiced Kentucky native…the singer-songwriter is hitting new heights, nailing the crossroads of country, rock, gospel, and pop across 14 tracks.”—Entertainment Weekly

“14 rich, intricately-wound odes to tiny admissions and big emotions”—Esquire

“mixes beautifully stark songwriting with blues, country, and rock melodies, allowing Stapleton’s sturdy, propulsive vocals to carry the show”—GQ

vividly exemplifies the complex emotional character of Stapleton’s best music. He’s burly but soft. Tough yet vulnerable. A protector of his loved ones and a man in perpetual search of shelter.”—Los Angeles Times

“Chris is at the top of his game with this record. It sounds like a record from a great.”
NPR Music

Starting Over may be Stapleton’s best album yet…every song on the album comes as a perfectly wrapped gift to the listener”—No Depression

“Regardless of where he’s going lyrically, Stapleton brings to each successive tune a rugged assuredness and a steely resolve: There’s never any doubt that he means what he says”—Relix

“The chill Nashville trailblazer feels at home in songs that echo his pop songwriting and his
country roots.”—Rolling Stone

“if Starting Over offers a statement of principles, it’s that Stapleton is going to make Stapleton music, equal parts country, Southern rock, raw sentimentality, and self-reflective singer-songwriter-ism.”—Slate

“It is easily one of the best records I’ve heard this year. It’s easily one of the best country records I’ve heard in a long time. And I have no doubt it’s going to be one of the best country records I’ve heard this decade once everything is said and done.”—The Needle Drop

“lands precisely where country meets Southern soul: with grit, details, clarity and ache.”
The New York Times

“the results are stunning…his most personal work yet.”—The Ringer

“expands a sonic identity and storytelling fervor that Stapleton established on his paramount debut, Traveller, and its two-part follow-up, From A Room Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.”—The Tennessean

He has [Willie] Nelson’s tender touch, but his bluesy side is much louder; his is a part-acoustic, part-stinging approach in which Nelson’s Trigger meets B.B. King’s Lucille.”—Variety

“It’s every bit the tour de force his breakthrough album was…Elegant writing and delicate musicianship combine in an album ranking among the year’s best.”—Vulture

Kentucky-born Stapleton is a 5x Grammy, 10x CMA and 9x ACM Award-winner and one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians. Following 2015’s quadruple platinum breakthrough solo debut album Traveller, Stapleton released two #1 albums in 2017. Both From A Room: Volume 1 (certified platinum) and From A Room: Volume 2 (certified gold) take their name from legendary RCA Studio A, where they were recorded with Cobb. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, The Tennessean praises, “Both are rich with the textures of Stapleton’s vocals that make him one of country music’s most beloved artists, classic country sounds and thoughtful articulate lyrics about love, life and pain.” He was also recently announced as the first-ever “Artist-Songwriter of the Decade” recipient by the Academy of Country Music.

STARTING OVER TRACKLIST

  1. Starting Over
  2. Devil Always Made Me Think Twice
  3. Cold
  4. When I’m With You
  5. Arkansas
  6. Joy Of My Life
  7. Hillbilly Blood
  8. Maggie’s Song
  9. Whiskey Sunrise
  10. Worry B Gone
  11. Old Friends
  12. Watch You Burn
  13. You Should Probably Leave
  14. Nashville, TN

 

CHRIS STAPLETON’S “ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW”

BOLD on-sale Friday, June 11

July 28—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion†

July 29—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion†

July 30—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion†

August 5—Cuyahoga Falls, OH—Blossom Music Center‡

August 6—Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre‡

August 7—Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre*

August 12—Charlotte, NC—PNC Music Pavilion‡

August 13—Raleigh, NC—Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek‡

August 14—Bristow, VA—Jiffy Lube Live‡

August 19—Des Moines, IA—Iowa State Fair++

August 21—Arlington, TX—Globe Life Field#

August 26—Tampa, FL—MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre^

August 27—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre^

August 28—Atlanta, GA— Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood^

September 16—St. Louis, MO—Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+

September 17—Birmingham, AL—Oak Mountain Amphitheatre+

September 18—Orange Beach, AL—The Wharf Amphitheatre+

September 23—Bethel, NY—Bethel Woods Center for the Arts°

September 24—Burgettstown, PA—Pavilion at Star Lake°

September 25—Noblesville, IN—Ruoff Music Center§

September 30—Virginia Beach, VA—Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater%

October 1—Camden, NJ—BB&T Pavilion%

October 2—Mansfield, MA—Xfinity Center%

October 7—Syracuse, NY—St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview^

October 8—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden+

October 9—Holmdel, NJ—PNC Bank Arts Center^

October 14—Columbia, MO—Mizzou Arena+

October 15—Lincoln, NE—Pinnacle Bank Arena+

October 16—Sioux Falls, SD—Denny Sanford PREMIER Center+

October 21—Cincinnati, OH—Riverbend Music Center+

October 22—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena+

October 23—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena+

October 28—Lubbock, TX—United Supermarket Arena**

October 29—Albuquerque, NM—Isleta Amphitheater**

October 30—Phoenix, AZ—Ak-Chin Pavilion**

November 4—Austin, TX—Frank Erwin Center**

November 5—Tulsa, OK—BOK Center**

November 6—The Woodlands, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion**

November 18—Orlando, FL—Amway Center^

November 19—Estero, FL—Hertz Arena^

November 20—West Palm Beach, FL—iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre^

December 3—Memphis, TN—FedEx Forum+

December 4—Biloxi, MS—Mississippi Coast Coliseum+

December 5—Knoxville, TN—Thompson-Boling Arena+

April 20, 2022—Toledo, OH—Huntington Center^^

April 21, 2022—Columbus, OH—Schottenstein Center^^

April 23, 2022—Lexington, KY—A Concert for Kentucky – Kroger Field##

June 2, 2022—Nampa, ID—Ford Idaho Center Arena††

June 3, 2022—Ridgefield, WA—Sunlight Supple Amphitheater††

June 4, 2022—George, WA—Gorge Amphitheater††

June 11, 2022—San Bernardino, CA—Glen Helen Amphitheater‡‡

June 16, 2022—Bakersfield, CA—Mechanics Bank Arena††

June 17, 2022—Wheatland, CA—Toyota Amphitheatre††

June 18, 2022—Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheatre††

June 23, 2022—West Valley City, UT—Usana Amphitheater§§

June 24, 2022—Denver, CO—Ball Arena§§

June 25, 2022—Denver, CO—Ball Arena§§

“ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW” SPECIAL GUESTS

†with special guests Elle King and Nikki Lane

‡with special guests Elle King and Kendell Marvel

*with special guests Yola and Kendell Marvel

++with special guest Nikki Lane

#with special guests Wille Nelson, Jamey Johnson and Yola

^with special guests Sheryl Crow and Kendell Marvel

+with special guests The Marcus King Band and Yola

°with special guests Margo Price and Kendell Marvel

  • with special guests TBD

%with special guests The Marcus King Band and Caylee Hammack

**with special guests Jamey Johnson and Yola

^^with special guests Margo Price and Yola

##with special guests Willie Nelson & Family, Sheryl Crow and Yola

††with special guests Margo Price and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell

‡‡with special guests Dwight Yoakam and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell

  • §with special guests Sheryl Crow and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell

CHRIS STAPLETON ADDS COLLABORATION WITH H.E.R. ; LITTLE BIG TOWN & MICKEY GUYTON WILL PRESENT FOR THE CMT MUSIC AWARDS AIRING WEDNESDAY.

CMT today revealed the final star-studded lineup of final performers and presenters for the 2021 “CMT Music Awards.” Adding to its already-stacked roster of world premiere collaborations, the show will feature H.E.R., making her first country awards show appearance, performing with Chris Stapleton; and a CMT main stage debut from Ingrid Andress, featuring a world premiere collaboration with JP Saxe. Hosted by superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the 2021 “CMT Music Awards” airs Wednesday, June 9th at 8p/7c on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.

Show presenters include Hollywood heavyweights and some of today’s biggest stars spanning music, television, sports and entertainment including Anthony Mackie, Brett Young, Busy Philipps, Carly Pearce, Dylan Scott, Gladys Knight, Iliza Shlesinger, Little Big Town, Michael Strahan, Mickey Guyton, Restless Road, Tennessee Titans’ Taylor Lewan, Trace Adkins and CMT Hot 20 Countdown hosts Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Ashley ShahAhmadi.

As previously announced, the two-and-a-half hour event will feature can’t-miss performances including BRELAND + Mickey Guyton, Brothers Osborne + Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood + NEEDTOBREATHE, Chris Young + Kane Brown, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini + Paul Klein from LANY, Lady A + Carly Pearce + Lindsay Ell, Lauren Alaina + Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton + Gladys Knight, Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram + Jon Randall and Thomas Rhett. Blanco Brown, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, Lainey Wilson, Niko Moon and Tenille Arts will perform live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage.

Country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show returns to celebrate music’s hottest stars, delivering two-and-a-half hours of nonstop performances and one-of-a-kind collaborations in and around Music City. Each winner is selected by the fans, with voting for the six “Video of the Year” finalists open now at vote.cmt.com. A full list of nominations can be found here.

CHRIS STAPLETON, DIERKS BENTLEY, BROTHERS OSBORNE AND MICKEY GUYTON ARE AMONG THE FIRST ROUND OF PERFORMERS FOR THIS YEAR’S CMT MUSIC AWARDS.

CMT revealed the first round of performers to take the stage at this year’s CMT Music Awards. In addition to performances by Chris Stapleton and Luke Combs, collaborations between artists are reigning at the top of the list including Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne; Mickey Guyton with the iconic Gladys Knight, as well as Maren Morris with JP Saxe; and Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, who recently released the collaborative The Marfa Tapes.

The 2021 CMT Music Awards will air Wednesday, June 9th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.

Fan voting is now open at vote.cmt.com and continues until Tuesday, June 1st at 3PM ET/2PM CT.

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