The career of 44-year-old singer-songwriter and eight-time Grammy winner Chris Stapleton will be celebrated via presentation from July 1, 2022 to May 14, 2023 “Chris Stapleton: Since 1978” exhibition presented by Ram Trucks.
“Chris Stapleton is a powerful and emotional singer, a prolific and poetic songwriter, and a talented and expressive guitarist,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “His rise as a successful artist may have seemed instantaneous to many, but he’s been a force in country music for more than 20 years – whether he’s writing hit songs for other country artists or “he contributes to studio recordings. Throughout it all, he has maintained his own unique perspective by staying true to his authentic self and artistic vision, and he continues to open the door to country music for new new fans across generations and genres.”
The hall and museum will feature clothing, guitars, awards and other personal artifacts from Stapleton’s two-decade career. These include his 1966 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard electric guitar, used while recording his song “Traveller.” Also featured will be the Pendleton flannel jacket, Dee Cee denim western shirt and Manuel leather vest worn by Stapleton on the cover of the album which shared the title. Additionally, the 1960s Gibson GA-8 Discoverer amplifier he used during performances in the early 2000s will be featured.
“Traveller,” Stapleton’s 2015 debut album, was inspired by an 11-day road trip he took after his father died. The 14-time Country Music Association winner wrote the album’s title track on a cross-country trip he took in a 1979 Jeep Cherokee that his wife, Morgane, bought for him in Arizona. Recording the album at Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio A with co-producer Dave Cobb allowed Stapleton to evolve his now renowned blues-influenced style.