I attended the second night of a sold out run at The Fillmore Auditorium. The cowboy boot wearing crowd filed into the auditorium with their Tennessee Whiskey and Strawberry Wine breath and love for the long haired, bushy beard, teddy bear shaped man about to take the stage.
|Chris Stapleton and Morgane Hayes-Stapleton|
The most heart felt songs were when Chris Stapleton looked into his wife's eyes while she provided harmonies that made his roaring voice even more powerful. Their duet of You Are My Sunshine gave off a definite Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash vibe.
Stapleton displayed his vocal range by singing the long introductions of his band that magically turned into his hit Tennessee Whiskey.
When the band returned for the encore, Stapleton showed off his guitar skills with Outlaw State of Mind. No wonder he was chosen to perform along with Bonnie Rait and Gary Clark Jr. for B.B. King's Grammy Tribute The Thrill is Gone. He has a slow raw note bending style. When Stapleton returns to Denver, it will be in a larger venue to fit more fans to sing along.
|The Fillmore Audtiorm's Sold Out Crowd|
I left the show with a little more hope for the state of country music. Maybe the truck, dirt road, girls in tight jeans generic genre is changing for the better.
See you at the next show. I will be the one drinking Tennessee Whisky. Second thought.... I'll stick to beer.