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Monday, June 27, 2016

Critic's Pick: Chris Stapleton to Perform at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, June 30

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 6:20 AM

click to enlarge Chris Stapleton - PHOTO BY BECKY FLUKE
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A little over a year ago, Chris Stapleton sold out the Firebird in St. Louis almost instantly. It was the first of many indications that the Nashville songwriting veteran and leader of bluegrass supergroup the SteelDrivers was on the brink of something big. Stapleton's solo debut album, Traveller, brought pure country soul and riveting lyrics to the country mainstream, and he now receives top billing at decidedly non-country festivals like LouFest. It may seem corny to say, but his success proves that pure talent and soul-stirring music really can cut through the noise. He's no country music savior, but he has fulfilled the best of the music's promise.

Coalminer's Son: Stapleton hails from a family of Kentucky coalminers, and that Southern working class experience, both explicitly and implicitly, fuels the stories in his songs.

Watch Stapleton's Tiny Desk Series submission for NPR below:

Chris Stapleton 
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Boulevard. $79.50 to $49.50. 314-534-1111.

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