Everybody knows that Chris Stapleton has one of the most diverse voices in all of music.
I mean seriously, whether it’s straight up country, soul, R&B, blues… the man can do it all, and better than just about anybody.
It’s no surprise his services have been requested by everybody from Adele and Taylor Swift, to Pink, Carlos Santana, Morgan Wallen, Tom Morello, Ed Sheeran… the list is endless.
But I’ll be the first to admit, taking one glance at the long haired, bearded “country boy” who grew up around the coal mines in eastern Kentucky, I assumed he grew up on old school country artists…
Ya know, Hank Sr., Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, all of the OG country legends.
And although that may be true, he says he also grew up listening to rappers like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
The man sat down for a 60-Minutes interview with Sharyn Alfonsi last year, and believe it or not, rap and hip hop had a huge influence in his life. He admitted to listening to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg a ton growing up.
When Alfonsi told him it was hard to see him blasting Dre and Snoop Dogg as a teenager, he responded:
“Yeah, it was, you know… it was some of the realist. It was so real, that it translated even to some kid in eastern Kentucky who had no notion of the things that he was talking about, you know.
It was dangerous too, and real and dangerous are very appealing to you know, 15-16-year-old kids.”
That just shows you that any genre of music can translate and influence anybody… as long as it’s REAL.
Country music star Chris Stapleton grew up in Kentucky, where he listened to all kinds of artists including Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Stapleton says the authenticity of their work “translated even to some kid in eastern Kentucky.” https://t.co/aorLNFhKP8pic.twitter.com/EOaBzS90Hi