Chris Stapleton brought the house down at Red Rocks last night. His set was smoldering, intense and full of energy as well as a few surprises. Last night's performance was the first of two sold-out houses at Red Rock Amphitheatre; the second is tonight at 7 pm. Mr. Stapleton showed us all why he has quickly become one of the most respected artists in country music, and it was fitting that while performing onstage at Red Rocks he was being watched by millions on "The Voice" Season 12 Finale. Check out a slideshow of his performance above.
Without question, the large and energetic crowd was there to celebrate Stapleton’s unique brand of country rock, and he had them on their feet immediately as he entered the stage. His All-American Road Show Tour is as big as a monster truck barreling down I-70 full of soulful Country, blues and good old hard whiskey rock and roll.
Stapleton doesn’t show a lot of emotion when he plays. His onstage presence embodies the smoldering energy of a Clint Eastwood outlaw with a touch of humility and shyness. His music speaks for him like an emotional explosion from a soul full of wildfire and honey. Stapleton is accompanied on stage by Morgane Stapleton, his wife. She performs background harmony and duet vocals in the band and is an incredible and talented artist in her own right. She brings added dimension and richness to the music and is an important part of her husband’s success. It is clear that this is a family organization and that these two talented souls care deeply for each other.
If this incredible night of music in one of the most iconic venues in the world was not enough, former Broncos quarterback and Hall of Famer Peyton Manning joined Stapleton for a duet of “Tennessee Whiskey.” As is the case when Peyton is spotted in Denver, the crowd went wild. For his part, Manning was pretty solid musically, but you have to remember this was not his first dance: There was also this interesting musical exchange at the CMA awards in 2016 (to say nothing for his talent at singing insurance company jingles).
After tonight’s final performance at Red Rocks, Chris Stapleton will take his "All-American Road Show Tour" back on the road. For a full listing of tour dates, check out Chris Stapleton’s website. You can also keep up with Chris Stapleton news and events here on AXS.com.