What a night of great country music in Kentucky tonight.
Dubbed Kentucky Rising,the benefit concert featuring Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam, and Tyler Childers, got underway tonight at Lexington’s Rupp Arena in an effort to raise money for flood relief.
And aside from the murder’s row of artists on the bill, there was a couple of special guests including Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs.
Patty joined Chris for a performance of “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” with a little “Coal Miner’s Daughter” intro, a nod to the late, great Kentucky native, Loretta Lynn. They two, also performed her 1995 hit, “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am.”
Dwight Yoakam and Chris performed Dwight’s “Miner’s Pray,” from his debut Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. record, but perhaps one of my favorite performance was when Tyler Childers and Chris Stapleton took the stage together.
Performing what, in my humble opinion, is one of Tyler’s most underrated songs, the pair had the entire arena in the palm of their hand with am acoustic duet of “Follow You To Virgie.”
The song was only released as one of Tyler’s OurVinyl Sessions performances in 2017, however, you just have to love the way Chris sings background. He’s got the voice to sing anyone under the table and every chance he gets to share the mic with someone, which is often, he uses it ever so perfectly to compliment the lead artist in the best possible way.
You gotta love it.
What an incredible event overall, and huge night for the state of Kentucky. And according to Chris, the concert raised over 2.5 million dollars for flood relief.
Those that missed out on attending can access the show until 7pm EST on Thursday, Oct 13, 2022 by purchasing a livestream ticket HERE. The proceeds from livestream ticket sales and any merch purchased via Veeps also goes towards ongoing Kentucky flood relief and recovery efforts.
“Follow You To Virgie”
The full crew came back out at the end for a performance of John Prine’s “Paradise.”