Following his big night at the 60th Grammy Awards, Chris Stapleton turned The Late Show With Stephen Colbert into a church of righteous reflection on Tuesday night (January 30) with an anguished rendition of the his ballad “Drunkard’s Prayer.”
Part of his outstanding From A Room: Volume 2 LP, the track was written by Stapleton with Jameson Clark and performed on Colbert as it appears on the record – bare bones and with nothing to hide its wounded message. Doling out shame and heartbreak in equal measure, Stapleton stands like a monument on the Late Show‘s pitch-black stage, with only an acoustic guitar to accompany his singularly expressive vocal delivery. Hopeless and heaving, his lilting Kentucky croon rises into a skyward shout just as the song’s protagonist hits rock bottom.
The stripped-down performance was the complete opposite of Stapleton’s appearance on Saturday Night Live last weekend, which featured raging guitar duels with fellow country renegade Sturgill Simpson on “Midnight Train to Memphis” and “Hard Livin’.”
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The next night, he walked away as country’s biggest winner at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, securing the trophies for Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance. He also performed a moving duet with Emmylou Harris on Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” to introduce the show’s “In Memoriam” segment.
Stapleton will hit the road this summer on the 2018 All-American Road Show Tour with Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb. The run is currently scheduled to being June 16th in Brandon, Mississippi, and wrap up November 3rd in Charlottesville, Virginia.