Chris Stapleton Wows Hartford, CT with His Rocking, Emotional, All American Roadshow
Chris Stapleton is slowly becoming a household name.
Since 2014 the country singer has captivated audiences and radio with his blend of country rock and blues. His album Traveller received critical acclaim, spawned 3 hit singles, and earned the singer a Grammy for “Best Country Album”. Stapleton is currently on tour in support of his latest release From a Room: Volume 1, an album that’s already proving to be a success for the singer, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200.
The concert kicked off with opener (and rising star) Anderson East who delivered a soulful set of rhythm and blues. East took the stage with the swagger of a young Tom Waits and commanded the audiences attention with his opening song “Quit You”. The singer launched us into a southern soul revival. The horns and rhythm section transport you back the 1960s and the skinny white boy from Alabama on stage suddenly becomes possessed by the ghost of James Brown. His soulful screams fill the theatre and concertgoers begin to stand out of their seats and start moving to the rhythm.
East keeps the set moving with other soulful gems such as “Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em, and Forget ‘Em”, his hit single “Devil in Me”, and “Only You” and then launches the band into a respectable cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s hit “Gimme Three Steps”. East then slows things down with some country-type ballads.
The soulful singer then picks the crowd back up, launching into his song “Learning” and lets his rhythm section take some solos. East treats the audience to some new music as well before closing out the set with a raucous performance of his song “Satisfy Me”.
Anderson East proves that he’s going to be a powerhouse of rhythm and soul. His soulful screams, catchy hooks, and backing band of rocking rhythm make East worthy of putting him on your radar and your “artist to watch” list.
On Saturday July 15th, country rocker Chris Stapleton rolled through Hartford, CT with his “All American Roadshow” Tour. Stapleton lit up the stage with his blend of rowdy country rock & blues with some emotional acoustics tunes in between. With the help of special guests Brent Cobb and Anderson East, Stapleton makes his “All American Roadshow” a tour you should not miss this summer.
Stapleton approaches the stage dressed in black with his signature tan cowboy hat and unmistakable burly beard. He dawns a Fender Jazzmaster kicks off the set with his bluesy track “Might as Well Get Stoned” to which the audience stood up from their chairs and started grooving. Stapleton then shifts the mood to classic country, playing his hit “Nobody to Blame”. The singer broke his finger earlier in June and rescheduled 3 weeks of the tour but you wouldn’t know by the solos he’s laying out. Stapleton keeps the country rocking mood going with “Them Stems”, “Death Row”, and “Outlaw State of Mind”.
After revealing a track that he says will be released on a follow up to Vol. 1, the singer slows it down with some solo acoustic songs. The crowd quiets down as Stapleton goes into “Broken Halos”, the first track off of his latest album. With just an acoustic and his voice, Stapleton fills the theatre with music. The singer then goes into his ballad “Whiskey and You” and the crowd gets quieter as they whisper along to the lyrics and when Stapleton ends the song the crowd gives a thunderous round of applause.
Stapleton goes electric again playing his other hit from Traveller, “Parachute” and then things get emotional. Before playing his song “Fire Away”, he stops for minute to collect himself and the crowd cheers him on. He picks it back up and continues to play the bittersweet ballad about love even after fighting. “I think you wanna sing that chorus again” says Stapleton after ending the song. He tells the crowd to take out their phones, “Light em up!” he says “And I want you to sing so that your loved one can hear you tonight wherever they are” and the crowd screams the chorus. “Fire away. Take your best shot, show me what you got, honey, I’m not afraid” fill the night sky. Making it hard for any eye to stay dry.
Stapleton then goes into the first verse of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Tuesday’s Gone” before playing his own song, “The Devil Named Music” and then the big song of the night comes. Stapleton tease the crowd with chords and introduces the band in a sing-song fashion, adding to the singer’s already impressive showmanship. “I think you know what time it is…” says Stapleton and launches into “Tennessee Whiskey” and the crowd gives another thunderous applause, drowning out the opening guitar riff.
Stapleton proves he’s a force to be reckoned with in country music. His honest lyrics, impressive playing, and stellar live performances show the singer is here to stay and doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
You can order Chris Stapleton’s new album From a Room: vol. 1 here
Check out Anderson East’s latest video “Devil in Me” below:
Check out the audio for Chris Stapleton’s latest single “Either Way” below: