Chris Stapleton has done it again, ladies and gentlemen. Earlier this week, CMT hosted the Artist of the Year Awards, where Stapleton snagged one of the honors. And in the process, he knocked everybody’s socks off with his solo performance of “Whiskey and You.”
The whole shindig went down at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, renowned for its amazing acoustics. In fact, some artists perform there without even using microphones. That wasn’t quite the case with Stapleton, since the television audience needed to hear too, but he did perform with just a guitar.
And you could hear a pin drop. The whole crowd listened with baited breath to every small inflection in the somber tune. “Whiskey and You” is one of the tracks off his massively successful debut Traveller.
There’s something to be said for an artist with the guts to perform on national television with nothing but a guitar and a microphone.
This performance marks the third year in a row Stapleton performed at the awards. In 2014, he joined Lady Antebellum for a performance of “Drink A Beer,” which he wrote (and Luke Bryan made famous). That was one of Stapleton’s first television performances.
Then, last year CMT added a newcomer award exclusively to honor Chris Stapleton (this year, it went to Kelsea Ballerini). That brings us to his headlining performance as an “Artist of the Year” recipient this year. Stapleton joined Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett as honorees.