Chris Stapleton Is Getting His Own Exhibit At The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Chris Stapleton; Photo by Kevin Winter for Getty Images for ACM
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Kevin Winter for Getty Images for ACM
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Kevin Winter for Getty Images for ACM

Chris Stapleton’s impressive career will be celebrated with a brand-new exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Chris Stapleton: Since 1978, presented by Ram Trucks. 

Opening on Friday, July 1, the exhibit will run through May 14, 2023, and will give fans an inside look at the Kentucky native’s career as a songwriter and artist.  

Chris Stapleton; Photo by Andy Barron
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Andy Barron

“Chris Stapleton is a powerful and emotive singer, a prolific and poetic songwriter and a skilled and expressive guitar player,” said Kyle Young, chief executive officer for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “His rise as a successful artist may have seemed instantaneous to many, but he has been a force in country music for more than 20 years – whether writing hit songs for other country artists or contributing to studio recordings. Throughout it all, he has maintained his own unique perspective by staying true to his authentic self and artistic vision, and he continues to open the door to country music for new fans across generations and genres.”

Chris Stapleton: Since 1978, presented by Ram Trucks will include clothing, guitars, awards and other personal artifacts from Stapleton. 

The following items will be featured: 

  • Stapleton’s 1966 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard electric guitar, used during the recording of his song “Traveller.”
  • Stapleton’s first guitar amplifier, a 1960s Gibson GA-8 Discoverer, which he used extensively, including at performances in the early 2000s.
Chris Stapleton Clothing; Photo Courtesy Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Chris Stapleton Clothing; Photo Courtesy Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • The Pendleton flannel jacket, Dee Cee denim western shirt, and Manuel leather vest worn by Stapleton on the album cover of Traveller.
  • Waffle House Golden Waffle award, or “Tunie,” which recognizes Stapleton as the most-played artist on the restaurant chain’s jukeboxes in 2019.
  • A LEGO model of Stapleton and his band onstage, elements of which were animated for the LEGO-themed music video for “Second One to Know” (2019).
Chris Stapleton LEGO Model; Photo Courtesy Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Chris Stapleton LEGO Model; Photo Courtesy Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Chris Stapleton is one of the most successful artists in country music history. After signing a publishing deal in 2011, more than 170 of his songs have been recorded by artists such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Alison Krauss and Union Station, George Strait, Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett, Lee Ann Womack, and many more.

Stapleton performed as part of the SteelDrivers starting in 2006 and his first solo success came in 2015 with the release of his debut album, Traveller

Chris Stapleton; Photo by John Russell/CMA
Chris Stapleton; Photo by John Russell/CMA

After a performance with Justin Timberlake on the 2015 CMA Awards, Stapleton’s career climbed to new heights. He has since earned 9 Academy of Country Music awards, 14 Country Music Association awards and 8 Grammys.

Additional information about the exhibition can be found HERE.

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