Chris Stapleton had the stage lights turned purple at his show in Berkeley, California as he gave his bluesy tribute to the late music icon, Prince. Most folks will recognize the song Chris did, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” as a Sinead O’Conner hit from 1990, but Prince wrote it and also recorded it as a duet with singer Rosie Gaines.
Neither of those versions sounded quite like Chris’ take on the song, though. Chris growls and wails his way through the plaintive lyrics while laying on a thick guitar part to top it all off.
Chris’scover comes just days after he told “Rolling Stone” he wasn’t sure he’d pay tribute to Prince in song.
He said, “He’s a tough one to cover. There’s a lot going on there. He had a lot of range.”
The fact that Prince’s song translates so well into a country-blues arrangement is a tribute to the rock legend’s versatility, too.
Chris continued telling “Rolling Stone,” “He was a remarkable musician and anomaly. There are very few like him, and there won’t be another one.”