Chris Stapleton gave a special gift to his hometown high school in Kentucky during his visit earlier this week.
On March 24, the breakthrough country artist visited Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Kentucky, where he graduated 20 years ago as class valedictorian. The special appearance was sponsored by Ram Trucks and the Academy of Country Music’s Lifting Lives charity organization. The day’s events included a special free performance for all students and faculty at the school.
Before heading back to Nashville to prepare for the upcoming ACM Awards, Stapleton dedicated a new outdoor performance space on the ground of the high school. The Golden Eagle Stage Powered by Ram Trucks was built by the high school’s own carpentry students as well as a team of Ram truck owners who volunteered their time to the build efforts.
“It’s a great opportunity and honor for us to go back to Paintsville with Chris to document his return to the place that built his character and work-ethic,” Marissa Hunter, Ram’s Director of Brand Advertising, FCA US, told Rolling Stone Country. “Ram will be creating videos from this experience to show millions of people the very special town and moments that made Chris the man he is today.”
Click below to see a clip of Chris Stapleton performing “Was It 26” at Johnson Central High School.