UMG Nashville's Chris Stapleton To Open For Allman Brothers & Lynyrd Skynyrd
By: Matt Bjorke
GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton will open two shows for southern rock legends The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd this weekend, first at Charlotte, NC’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (8/3), then at Raleigh, NC’s Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion (8/4). Stapleton will be on the bill with Lynyrd Skynyrd once more when he opens for them at Milwaukee, WI’s Riverside Theatre on Aug. 30. Stapleton will play solo acoustic sets, relying solely on his signature vocal style and commanding stage presence to carry the crowds of the nearly 20,000 capacity venues this weekend.
"I'm thrilled to share the stage with two of rock’s greatest bands," said Stapleton. “I’ve looked up to these guys for a long time…it’s a huge honor. I’ve got a pretty tall task ahead of me in warming up crowds this big with just my acoustic guitar, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.”
One of Universal Music Group Nashville’s most recent signings, Stapleton is an established songwriter with four No. one hits already under his belt including “Never Wanted Nothing More” recorded by Kenny Chesney and “Love’s Gonna Make it Alright” recorded by George Strait. Stapleton has penned over 150 album cuts, including songs recorded by Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and has such notable co-writers as Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow among others.
Stapleton was part of the progressive bluegrass band The Steeldrivers through their first two album releases before moving on to focus on his songwriting and now solo artist career.