Backed only by drummer Derek Mixon and bassist J.T. Cure, Chris Stapleton slayed his Tonight Show appearance last week, further adding to the mania that surrounds the singer-songwriter’s live performances.
Stapleton sang “Sometimes I Cry,” the bluesy song that closes out his award-winning debut album Traveller. The track was cut live at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A — where the bulk of Traveller was recorded — in front of an assembled crowd of media and country-music insiders. The song ends with the guests’ applause and a simple “There you go” from Stapleton.
His Tonight Show performance, however, concluded with host Jimmy Fallon exclaiming that Stapleton “melted the TV” and Questlove of the Roots standing up and bowing.
Stapleton will perform at Nashville’s New Year’s Eve party and launch a headlining tour on January 1st in Birmingham, Alabama. Following a string of overseas dates in March, he’ll return to the U.S. for the ACM’s Party for a Cause in Las Vegas.