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Inside Adele’s Nashville Connection: The Ram Report

With her new album ’25’ breaking sales records, we look at Adele’s ties to Music City

With her new album 25 poised to sell nearly 3 million copies by week’s end, Adele is the top story in all of music. But the new queen of the torch song doesn’t restrict herself to soaring ballads — she also has an appreciation for country and bluegrass. Thanks, in part, to Chris Stapleton.

For a special edition of her wildly popular album 21, Adele covered “If It Hadn’t Been for Love,” which Stapleton co-wrote while in the bluegrass band the SteelDrivers. The song first appeared on the group’s 2008 debut album. She also made a memorable appearance, pre-21 fame, on CMT’s Artists of the Year special in 2010, pairing up with Darius Rucker to sing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”

Although she clearly doesn’t need to — such huge sales point to an already established mass appeal — Adele has been making the rounds to promote 25. On Saturday, she performed on Saturday Night Live, while Monday found her on The Tonight Show singing “Water Under the Bridge” before joining host Jimmy Fallon and the Roots in a stripped-down take on “Hello,” with classroom instruments. She’ll headline her own NBC concert special, Live in New York City, on December 14th. 

Stapleton, meanwhile, is gearing up for an appearance at a John Lennon birthday tribute concert in New York on December 5th, and will also perform at Nashville’s New Year’s Eve party, Bash on Broadway.

In This Article: Adele, Chris Stapleton


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