It’s one thing to get the opportunity to play the vaunted Saturday Night Live stage. It’s another to be asked back, and in such a short interval. But that’s just the kind of roll Chris Stapleton continues to be on. And why not? In 2017, when considering the impact of all the artists in country music across numerous measurables, Chris Stapleton came out on top, and almost two fold against his nearest competition, Luke Bryan. His records Traveller and From A Room: Vol. 1 were the #1 and #2 sellers for the year, and the only reason From A Room: Vol.2 was left off the list is because it was a December release.
Radio sure as hell won’t play him, but recognizing the greater cultural impact Chris Stapleton has accrued in the last couple of years, SNL has invited him back for a 2nd performance on January 27th. Stapleton also appeared on the show in January of 2016.
This could be the beginning of a very big run for Stapleton to start off 2018. Along with the SNL appearance on the 27th, he’s up for three Grammy Awards the very next day, January 28th, which will also be held in New York City this year. Along with being up for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, Stapleton will be up for Best Country Album, which may also help land him a primetime performance slot on the CBS telecast.
But that’s not all, Stapleton is also slated to appear on a song on Justin Timberlake’s new album Man of the Woods that is scheduled to be released February 4th. And not to stop there, two days later is the Super Bowl, where Justin Timberlake is the halftime performer, and some are hoping Stapleton will be one of Timberlake’s special guests.
Though radio continues to ignore him, Chris Stapleton continues to find appeal, and avenues to reach his exceedingly large audience.