Lon’s co-host this week is Chris Stapleton, who has been keeping busy at home with five kids. He told Lon, “I have 3 under 3, so it’s been a lotta diapers, lotta herding cats. Once you get past 2 kids, you play zone defense. But it’s my first time as a dad that I’m able to spend time with my children. That’s the silver lining in all this for me.”
One year ago, Chris was part of an all-star tribute to Garth Brooks. Garth asked if he would perform the song “Rodeo.” Chris told Lon, “That was surreal. I grew up when Garth was having those hits. I bought scalped tickets to sit in the last row of Rupp Arena and never heard him because everybody was singing every word to every song. When Garth asks you to do something, you do it. If Garth wants me to sing one of his songs, I know them all anyway, why wouldn’t I do it?”
Chris is a top nominee at this year’s ACM awards: “I’m always shocked every time, always grateful for recognition, they’ve always been good to me, and allowed me to play music the way I want to play it on their shows. I’m excited about my own nominations, but a lot of people who worked on my records also got nominations. It’s a collective effort.”
This year marks the 15th anniversary for a hit song written by Chris Stapleton: “Your Man,” which was a #1 for Josh Turner. Chris told Lon, “That was my very first #1. I had other singles before that one. That song was special. I don’t think that song would have gone #1 without Josh singing it. It was just the right thing at just the right moment. It was life changing. I think I bought myself a nice couch with that one.”
Chris is also featured on the new album by former Beatle Ringo Starr. Chris explained: “Ringo did not call me personally, but I met Ringo one time. Joe Walsh does a benefit for soldiers, and he’s Ringo’s brother-in-law. Their wives are sisters. So we were all at this benefit together and I met Ringo that night. That’s probably how I got on his radar. We got a call that Ringo wanted me to guest on his record, so when a Beatle calls, you say yes to Beatles. It was a lot of big rock stars, and I’m the hillbilly in the cowboy hat.”
Chris also has great stories this week about Blake Shelton, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, Eric Church, and Dierks Bentley.
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