As a 'Headliner' for the annual Country On The River Festival, August 3rd thru the 5th, 2017 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, many are curious to learn more about this phenomenal vocal talent. Most in Nashville know who he is, but many outside of 'Twang Town' do not. Get comfortable!

I don't often write pieces like this for a web post or Facebook posting, but this time I felt I had to. In my view, Chris Stapleton is a 'NEW' national treasure!  Surrounded a with seasoned and confident band of veteran musicians, a harmonica player who has played along side the legendary Willie Nelson for 43 years, and a loving wife as his backing vocal partner, you have an act that can captivate, and can draw a crossover audience in, be it an intimate theater setting, or an outdoor football arena like Nisson Stadium in 'Nashvegas'. That's exactly what he did opening for Guns n Roses last summer. The early concert go'ers in the floor seats at 'Nisson' stood in jaw-drop amazement for his entire set, and according to many reports, delivered what was called his "best performance of the year". He seems to have no boundaries with regards to his voice.

Soulful and soaring, he has handled duets on a national stage with Justin Timberlake, and moving performances at Country Music's signature award shows. He too, is a formidable guitar player steeped in a rich background of Bluegrass music, and semi-quasi Americana Rock. His song writing credentials matched only by a few.

In the months leading up to COTR I intend to post more unique video's from Chris. My hope is that you will check them out, and then SHARE with your friends & family on Facebook & other social media, then.......kick back, pop a top, (or drink a 'pop') and "Get Comfortable"! -Steve Richards ~ Quick Country Weekends

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Chris Stapleton - "Freebird Intro" & "The Devil Named Music" ( live ) The Woodlands, Tx. 8-12-2016

ALSO, check out this amazing band introduction segment from that GnR opening role in Nashville last summer.

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Here's a write-up that accompanied the Woodlands, TX video above, by: Paul Cronauer on You Tube

Chris Stapleton and his band perform a quick intro to Freebird and "The Devil Named Music" at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas on August 12, 2016. The crowd was really enjoying this one like I was. Some of this was taken from the screens at the Pavilion but great video of Chris on guitar and finally the drummer Derek Mixon.

Chris Stapleton and his band perform a quick intro to Freebird (see above) and "The Devil Named Music" at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas on August 12, 2016. The crowd was really enjoying this one like I was. Some of this was taken from the screens at the Pavilion but great video of Chris on guitar and finally the drummer Derek Mixon.

The Devil Named Music is the 12th track on Traveller, the debut studio album by American country music artist Chris Stapleton. The album was produced by Dave Cobb and was released on May 5, 2015, throug Mercury Nashville. Stapleton wrote or co-wrote all but two of the album's 14 tracks. The album features a blues-influenced cover of David Allan Coe's single "Tennessee Whiskey", and Charlie Daniels' "Was It 26," written by Don Sampson.

Described by music critics as an old-school country, Southern rock record, Traveller received critical acclaim and earned Stapleton several awards. It was named Album of the Year at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards. Furthermore, it received a nomination
at the 58th Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and a win for Best Country Album. The song "Traveller" also won Best Country Solo Performance. At the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards it won Album of the Year, with the song "Nobody to Blame" also winning Song of the Year.
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