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Chris Stapleton Crashes Justin Timberlake’s Set at Pilgrimage Festival

Lorie Liebig

During his headlining performance at Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn., Justin Timberlake surprised concertgoers with two very special guests.

About mid-way through his set, the Tennessee native brought out Chris and Morgane Stapleton for a rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey.” You may recall that the pair previously performed that track during the 2015 CMA Awards in Nashville. That duet is now seen a mile-marker of Stapleton’s transition from a relative unknown in the mainstream to a major player in country music.

This time around, Timberlake played up the harmonies but also let Chris’s powerful vocals take the spotlight.

When Justin brings out his friends. #chrisstapleton #justintimberlake #tennesseewhiskey

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After thunderous applause from the audience, they rolled into “Fire Away,” a song Timberlake noted that he “wished he wrote.”

JT AND Chris Stapleton. #damn #mightyfine . . . . . #justintimberlake #chrisstapleton #pilgrimagefestival #franklin #TN

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Before getting back to his normal setlist, they also performed “Sometimes I Cry,” the final cut from Stapleton’s debut LP, Traveller. It’s unclear if the two have any collaborative projects in mind for the future. But the two did seem quite at home on stage together. Stapleton teased Timberlake about a possible folk album coming in the future. Was that just friendly banter or a sign of things to come? Stapleton and Timberlake fans will just have to wait and see.


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Stay tuned for additional coverage live from Pilgrimage Festival on Wide Open Country in the coming days.

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