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Chris Stapleton

Thursday August 19 | 8:00 PM

Chris Stapleton

with special guest Nikki Lane

$45/65/80/90

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Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

Genre: Country

The Chris Stapleton All American Road Show at the Iowa State Fair on August 21, 2020 is postponed to August 19, 2021. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date and a new ticket is not needed.

Chris Stapleton is an award-winning American singer-songwriter who wrote multiple hits for many country/rock/pop musicians before stepping into the limelight himself with his smash debut album, Traveller, in 2015.

He quietly wrote songs for top country artists before taking the microphone and putting his career in hyper-drive. By 2018, he was credited with writing or co-writing a total of 170 songs, six of which made it to number one on country music charts. Stapleton has racked up numerous awards and nominations for albums Traveller, From a Room: Volume 1 and From a Room: Volume 2. For example, his song “Nobody to Blame” won the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards Song of the Year, and his album From a Room: Volume 1 won the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year along with single of the year for “Broken Halos.” In all, Stapleton has earned five Grammy Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards (CMA), ten Country Music Association Awards, and five Billboard Music Awards.

NIkki Lane

NIkki Lane

Genre: Country

Nikki Lane’s stunning third album Highway Queen, out February 17th, 2017, sees the young Nashville singer emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Co-produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter, Jonathan Tyler, this emotional tour-de-force was recorded at Matt Pence’s Echo Lab studio in Denton, Texas as well as at Club Roar with Collin Dupuis in Nashville, Tennessee. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage Sixties country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Lana Del Rey and Jenny Lewis fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty.

Highway Queen is a journey through heartbreak that takes exquisite turns. The record begins with a whiskey-soaked homage to Lane’s hometown (“700,000 Rednecks”) and ends on the profoundly raw “Forever Lasts Forever,” where Lane mourns a failed marriage – the “lighter shade of skin” left behind from her wedding ring. On “Forever” and the confessional “Muddy Waters,” Lane’s lyrics align her with perceptive songwriters like Nick Lowe and Cass McCombs. Elsewhere, “Companion” is pure Everly Brothers’ dreaminess (“I would spend a lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can”). She goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking “Jackpot,” fights last-call blues (“Foolish Heart”) and tosses off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano (“Big Mouth”).