Best: Chris Stapleton's New Song Is Worth the Wait
Chris Stapleton didn't win any awards at this year's ACMs, but he did fire off a blazing TV debut of his brand new song, "Second One to Know." Whiskey-bent and waiting on a broken heart, the track stands at the intersection of straight-up rock and country blues, co-written by the grizzled vocal phenom with his old SteelDrivers collaborator, Mike Henderson. It's the first taste of Stapleton's upcoming second album (out May 5th), and his performance was one of the night's most ferocious – right down to the single-note, Chuck Berry-influenced guitar solo. Locked into the moment and going for broke, Stapleton was chopping at the strings so hard he looked like he was cutting down a tree. It arrived about midway through the show and was reminiscent of Stapleton's breakthrough performance at the 2015 CMA Awards, completely re-energizing the crowd with something totally unexpected. C.P.