Bryan made the announcement last night via Twitter. The pair will perform in Boston on July 16 at Gilette Stadium and in Dallas on Oct 22. at AT&T Stadium.
Bryan’s fans clearly enjoy Stapleton’s music and want to see more of him in concert. Stapleton recently performed at Bryan’s annual Crash My Playa festival in Riviera Maya, Mexico. They shared the stage for “Drink a Beer”, a song Stapelton wrote and Bryan made into a hit, and the moment Stapleton sang on his own, the crowd went nuts.
The more Stapleton gets in front of audiences who don’t know who he is, the more his popularity spreads. I think you’d be hard pressed to put him in front of a crowd and get shrugs. That speaks volume about his level of talent.
This year could be a big one for Stapleton. He’ll get a ton of mainstream exposure in front of Bryan’s fans, and his upcoming co-headlining tour with Hank Williams, Jr. will too. Since Stapleton’s surprise award sweep at the CMA Awards last November, his headlining shows have gone from a handful of people to sold-out crowds. As long as he keeps going, that trend will likely continue.
So, there it is. Chris Stapelton is finally breaking into the mainstream. It’s exciting to watch, and we hope his success will pave a way for more substantive country music to breakthrough, too.