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Stapleton — and strong openers — at SPAC tonight

Stapleton — and strong openers — at SPAC tonight

Georgia troubadour Brent Cobb and Mississippian Marty Stuart open
Stapleton — and strong openers — at SPAC tonight
Chris Stapleton and band perform tonight at SPAC.
Photographer: chicago tribune

Tonight, country giant Chris Stapleton — five Grammys, seven each ACM and CMA awards — steers his All American Roadshow into Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC — Rts. 9 and 50). The Kentucky-born singer-songwriter (170 songs written including six number one hits for other singers) sang with the bluegrass-rocking Steeldrivers before going out on his own with a powerful, compact band featuring singer-wife Morgane. 

His three studio albums, “From A Room: Vol. 2” hit late in 2017, slam the charts internationally for sheer simple song craft and deeply felt singing. They held the top three Top Country Albums chart spot earlier this year, and his “Austin City Limits” spot ranks as one of the long-running live-music TV show’s best-ever episodes.

Only a confident headliner hires on strong openers, as Stapleton has tonight.

Georgia troubadour Brent Cobb earned a Grammy nomination for his (second) “Shine on Rainy Day” album, a down-home effort with a laid-back style.

Mississippian Marty Stuart boasts one of country’s stellar pedigrees after co-starring in bands with Lester Flatt, Vassar Clements, Doc Watson, and as husband of country royalty Cindy Cash (Johnny’s daughter), then Connie Smith.

He’s released dozens of albums since “With a Little Help from My Friends” (1978), leading both a resurgence in raw honky-tonk country and a tremendous band, the Fabulous Superlatives. (On Sept. 17 and 18, Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will support original Byrds Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Byrds’ classic “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” album; see story on page 6) 7 p.m. Amphitheater seats are sold out; lawn $34.75. www.livenation.com  1-800-745-3000

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