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Chris Stapleton Delivers Stellar Performance at the Ryman

The first of three back-to-back-to-back sold-out shows delights Ryman crowd

photo by Jim Casey

There was enough Grammy-winning star power on the Ryman stage last night (Feb. 18) to make Vince Gill jealous.

Well, maybe not Vince, but just about anybody else.

Fresh off of winning two Grammys (Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance) on Monday night (Feb. 15), Chris Stapleton took his travelling talents to the Mother Church of Country Music for the first of his three back-to-back-to-back sold-out shows—and he did not disappoint, playing a number of tunes from his award-winning debut album, Traveller, including opening number “Nobody to Blame,” “Fire Away”—which got a standing ovation—“Tennessee Whiskey” and “Might as Well Get Stoned.”

The SteelDrivers, who won a Grammy of their own on Monday (Best Bluegrass Album), joined Chris onstage for a rendition of “Ghost of Mississippi” from their 2010 album, Reckless. Chris fronted the bluegrass troupe from 2008–2010 before leaving to focus on his solo career, and it doesn’t look like there is any bad blood between the musical cohorts.

(From left) Chris Stapleton onstage with wife Morgane and Dave Cobb
photo by Jim Casey

But wait, there was even more Grammy-winning star power onstage. Dave Cobb, who won two Grammys on Monday as a producer (Best Country Album, Best Americana Album), was onstage playing guitar during Chris’ entire set. In fact, Chris’ wife, Morgane, who was also onstage with Chris during the show, belted out a beautiful version of “You Are My Sunshine,” which will appear on the Dave Cobb-produced concept album, Southern Family, which drops on March 18 and features a who’s who of artists, including Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Jason Isbell and more.

Texas songbird Maren Morris, who opened the show for Chris, joined him onstage for a cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” before Chris closed the performance with “Outlaw State of Mind,” followed by an encore of “Whiskey and You.”

“Thank you tonight for being here,” said Chris. “This really is a dream come true. And thanks to everyone who is on the stage with me.”

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