When Chris Stapleton gets to play massive events like the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, he calls in the big guns.
Of course, Chris always has his lovely wife, Morgane Stapleton, by his side when he’s onstage. That’s her adding on harmony for this performance of “Might as Well Get Stoned” from the event in Nashville.
Chris says, ” It’s a wonderful thing. We get to be partners in life and onstage. She keeps me straight to some degree. It’s a good thing.”
For the CMA Music Festival performance, Chris called in some other heavy hitters to join his band.
“I pull some legends,” Chris explains. “I get Mickey Raphael on the stage with me. He’s played with Willie Nelson for 43 years. I get Robbie Turner on the stage with me, who played with Waylon Jennings for 15 years. So, I look forward to looking over on the stage and seeing those guys on stage with me.”
The CMA Music Festival concerts take place at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, which is just minutes from Chris house in Music City.
When it comes to playing for 60,000 fans in his own backyard, Chris says, “It’s a weird thing. I can’t think of any other word. I live down the street. Just gonna drive down to the football stadium and play for 25 minutes. It’s a remarkable thing to get to be a part of a mass of people who want to listen to music.”
Before he hit the big time with his album, “Traveller,” Chris never imagined he’d be one of the biggest names in country music. Just last year, he was still relatively unknown to most music fans.
“I don’t think you can dream of this if you’re from anywhere,” Chris says. “You hope for the best. You do, hopefully, what you think is good work and hope for the best.”
You can catch Chris’ full performance of “Might as Well Get Stoned” on the “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” special coming up at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 3 on ABC. Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum are among the other stars performing on the three-hour show.