Chris Stapleton Singing Backup For Billy Ray Cyrus On ‘The View’ In 2007 Is A Total Mind F**k

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The View

Ah, The View… how that show has even been in business since 2007 (it actually started in 1997) is pretty mind blowing.

Of course, there is never a shortage of viral moments from The View, and it seems like most of them are because people are just utterly dumbfounded that something so stupid could be said on national TV. Like when Joy Behar was mad that the Russian invasion of Ukraine would probably put a damper on her plans to travel to Europe.

Or in today’s brilliant sound bite where Sunny Hostin compared Hamas terrorists, who savagely murdered over 1,300 people, wounded many more, raped and tortured others, and now have provoked a response from Israel that will undoubtedly result in the loss of even more innocent Palestinian lives, to… wait for it… the Proud Boys.

But we’re not gonna get into all that… no, we could write 10,000 words on how ridiculous The View is, but instead, we’re gonna take it back to 2007.

Chris Leak and Tim Tebow were leading the Florida Gators a National Championship, cargo shorts were still in full swing, and it was every little girl’s dream to be Hannah Montana when they grew up. Of course, the Cyrus family were the face of children’s TV programming, as Miley and Billy Ray were the stars of the show.

So, it was no wonder that Billy Ray was given a shot to revive his one hit wonder country music career off of “Achy Breaky Heart,” as he was invited to play during a 2007 segment of The View.

He played his song “Ready, Set, Don’t Go,” a song about Miley growing up off and chasing her dreams, from his 2007 Home At Last album (album was meh). However, perhaps the wildest part about the segment, was the man singing backup vocals… is Chris Stapleton.

At the time, he was only writing songs and trying to kickstart his singing career as the frontman of The Steeldrivers, but watching this now, we’re all kind of waiting for Chris to let it rip and sing him under the table.

Of course, Chris did his job and didn’t show him up… but it’s still hard to wrap my head around the fact that Chris Stapleton was singing backup for Billy Ray Cyrus back then. It’s even harder to wrap my head around the fact that Chris didn’t blow up for another EIGHT YEARS.

Here we are 16 years later, and Stapleton is the best singer/songwriter in mainstream country music, he’s got a brand new album on the way, and more Grammys, CMAs, ACMS and other awards than he probably ever thought possible while he was backing up Billy Ray Cyrus on The View.

I’d say the times have changed.


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A beer bottle on a dock