Chris Stapleton On Performing With George Strait For The First Time: “Made The Hairs On My Arm Stand Up”

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King George and Chris Stapleton are hitting the road again.

Announced today, the duo will once again be performing some shows together, along with some help from Little Big Town, but it’s not just a stadium show here or there… it’s SIX of them.

For a country music singer, even one as incredible as Chris Stapleton is, singing with George Strait is about as good as it gets.

And for a country music fans, Chris Stapleton singing with George Strait is also about as good as it gets.

Back in 2017, Chris and George and a ton of other superstars got together to raise money for Hurricane Harvey victims at a benefit concert called Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. 

The special raised $44 million dollars and featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Blake Shelton, Dave Matthews, and more.

Chris Stapleton joined George Strait for a duet of Strait’s 1993 hit “When Did You Stop Loving Me” and hot DAMN if that isn’t a lethal combo.

And even for Chris, it was enough to give him goosebumps:

“If you don’t think growing up listening to George Strait and then getting up here and singing with him is the coolest thing that you’ll ever do, let me tell you that it is.

It made the hairs on my arm stand up.”

Country music at its best.

George Strait Announces SIX Stadium Shows For 2023

George Strait just announced six new stadium shows that are officially on the calendar for 2023.

The King just he’ll be hitting stadiums in Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Milwaukee, Nashville and Tampa next year with the great Chris Stapleton, as well as Little Big Town, opening every show on this run.

It’s the most extensive run he’s been on since his two year The Cowboy Rides Away tour back in 2014, and he told Billboard that:

“It just felt right. I had the opportunity to work with Chris and Little Big Town and everything just kind of fell in place for next year.

I don’t do that many shows anymore, so if we can do a stadium where we can play for more people, that works for me.”

I mean, if The King calls you to open up a stadium show, I don’t think there’s any universe in which you can turn that down…

He’ll make a couple stops at venues he’s never previously played at in stadiums in Seattle and Milwaukee, as well as several other cities where he hasn’t performed in a long time. 

George says that he keeps playing shows because it’s where he feels most at home:

“When I walk through those curtains and see those smiling faces, my feet don’t touch the ground again ‘til I walk back out and get on that bus that got me there.

That’s from a song I wrote called ‘I’ll Always Remember You.’ It’s a true statement.

When we talked about doing these six shows next year with Chris, it was a no brainer for me. I was all in.”

And of course, Chris feels the exact same way about playing with the country legend, adding:

“I love doing these shows with George about as much as I like doing anything. There’s nothing to compare it to.

So many of his songs are in the ethos of what country music is. Playing these shows together is a great experience all the way around.”

What a duo.

This will certainly be a can’t-miss show, so if you’re anywhere near any of these cities, or want to take a weekend trip, now’s certainly the time to do so.

George will make the trek with his longtime Ace in the Hole Band, and there is potential for more stadiums to be added as they get rolling next year.

Tickets will go on pre-sale October 26th, and the regular on-sale begins November 4th, and I have a feeling they won’t last long.

George Strait 2023 Stadium Shows:

May 6              Glendale, Ariz.  ||  State Farm Stadium
June 3              Milwaukee, Wisc.  ||  American Family Field
June 17            Seattle, Wash.  ||  Lumen Field
June 24            Denver, Colo.  ||  Empower Field at Mile High Stadium
July 29            Nashville, Tenn.  ||  Nissan Stadium
Aug. 5             Tampa, Fla.  ||  Raymond James Stadium

I mean, we deserve more of this, right…

And speaking of George and Chris, how about a little “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright,” written by none other than Chris himself.

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