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Chris Stapleton reminds us how much country can rock with this ACM Awards debut Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 02: Recording artist Chris Stapleton performs onstage during the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It can be risky to debut new music on a big network award show. But, Chris Stapleton did just that at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday.

The bearded country star rolled out a brand-new tune, “Second One to Know,” and the ripping, rocking future hit matched his vocal grit note for note. Showcasing plenty of his masterful shredding on the guitar, and, of course, his beautifully ethereal backup singer, wife Morgane, the tune begged, “If you ever change your mind, wanna leave my love behind, let me be the second one to know.”

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Taking the music world by storm with the release of his award-winning “Traveller” album, Chris is headlining his own tour this summer. The All-American Road Show finds Chris bringing some of his fellow boundary-pushing singers like Brent Cobb, Margo Price, Brothers Osborne and Anderson East on the road for the run that carries him into August.

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“Second One to Know” is part of Chris’ next album, which he’ll preview at an industry showcase in Nashville the week after the ACM Awards. The album is due out May 5.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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