Live performance Evaluate: Chris Stapleton at Exhausting Rock Reside

Chris Stapleton by no means really match into the mould of latest nation music even earlier than his very public breakup with the Nashville music scene on his 2020 album Beginning Over. Together with his gritty, blues-tinged rockabilly sound, Stapleton has at all times stood other than the various bland pop anthems churned out from the nation music Mecca. And on his first-ever solo tour, Stapleton is delivering a resurgence of the outlaw nation sound that style purists have been desperately lacking.

Chris Stapleton’s All-American Street Present got here to Exhausting Rock Reside this Saturday with full rollicking swagger, a lot of which really got here from opening acts Morgan Wade and Elle King. Wade led the present with an eclectic mixture of soulful acoustic ballads and heavy rock numbers from her 2021 launch Reckless, together with an prolonged efficiency of “Mend” which featured a grunge-y, mind-bending guitar solo that might have felt misplaced at a conventional nation live performance, however match proper in to the night time’s present.

Morgan Wade

Elle King took the stage subsequent, with a presence that in some methods outshone the headliner. Clad in a pink rodeo jacket, King’s delightfully brash efficiency (full with hilarious expletive-ridden asides to the gang) kicked off with the riff-laden “Good for Nothing Girl,” and didn’t decelerate one iota for all the set which included compulsory picks similar to “Ex’s & Oh’s” and “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go House)”, but in addition deeper cuts like “Little Little bit of Lovin’” and an electrical cowl Charlie Daniels’ “Lengthy Haired Nation Boy.”

After a surprisingly transient intermission, Chris Stapleton got here onstage to rapturous applause and, after a heavy blues rendition of “No person to Blame,” the thunderous drum beats and twangy riffs of “Parachute,” and the rock n’ roll-infused “Second One to Know,” the affable nation star addressed the gang for the primary time brief and candy. “I received’t do a complete lot of speaking, I’ll play as a lot music as I can within the time that we have now.” And he did simply that.

Elle King

Stapleton’s set lasted a bit of greater than two hours, and was jam-packed with songs from his total catalog. Like his opening acts, Stapleton would transfer from gradual and soulful to loud and heavy on the drop of a hat, however the transitions by no means appeared jarring or abrupt. If something, it solely enhanced the circulation of the efficiency. Enjoying the mid-tempo, BIC lighter-friendly “Millionaire” earlier than the booming honky-tonk grooves of “Exhausting Livin’” gave the gang an opportunity to catch their breath earlier than shedding themselves as soon as once more in leaping, clapping, and foot stomping. The viewers’s fervor reached an all-time excessive throughout a 10-minute jam of “I Was Mistaken,” which oscillated between mellow grooves and manic riffs and amounted to 1 hell of an addition to the night time’s setlist.

Maybe probably the most satisfying elements of Stapleton’s set was the interaction along with his spouse, Morgane Stapleton. Although an completed songwriter and performer in her personal proper, her tender harmonizing vocals added the proper complement to her husband’s deep, gravelly sound. This complementary vocal association was in full show when the band briefly left the stage halfway by and, after a few solo songs from Stapleton, the couple carried out a duet of “Traveller” on a softly-lit stage. The scene evoked the nice and cozy nostalgic imagery of Johnny Money and June Carter on stage collectively, with the 2 delivering a heartfelt efficiency whereas stealing glances at each other from throughout the stage.

Chris Stapleton

Regardless of saying he wouldn’t do a lot speaking, Stapleton did have just a few interactions with the gang, all of which mirrored the attraction and decorum one would count on of a Kentucky-born southern gentleman. He supplied water to these standing within the pit part, checked to verify all sections had been capable of hear him, and humorously took discover of the pot aroma wafting all through the venue (“Should be a number of glaucoma within the crowd tonight”). Through the efficiency of “Hearth Away,” he paused, inspired the gang to gentle up their telephones and wave them as they sang alongside to the ultimate refrain.

Stapleton capped off his set with “Tennessee Whiskey,” an nearly unavoidable conclusion given the track’s enduring recognition. However as a deal with for the true outlaw nation followers, the band got here out one final time for a headbang-able supply of “Outlaw State of Thoughts.”


  1. No person to Blame
  2. Parachute
  3. Second One to Know
  4. Beginning Over
  5. Millionaire
  6. Exhausting Livin’
  7. Fear B Gone
  8. What Are You Listening To?
  9. Whiskey and You
  10. Traveller 
  11. Arkansas
  12. You Ought to Most likely Depart
  13. Midnight Prepare to Memphis
  14. Would possibly as Properly Get Stoned
  15. Chilly
  16. Free Hen / The Satan Named Music
  17. I Was Mistaken
  18. Pleasure of My Life
  19. Hearth Away
  20. Damaged Halos
  21. Tennessee Whiskey

Encore: Outlaw State of Thoughts