PAINTSVILLE – If you are a country music fan, chances are you know the name Chris Stapleton. Stapleton, whom last November won Country Music Awards for album of the year, male vocalist of the year, and new artist of the year and in February won two Grammy awards, one for best country album and one for best country solo performance. Stapleton who was born in Lexington, but was raised in Staffordsville graduated from Johnson Central High School. In collaboration with Ram Trucks, Stapleton returned to the halls of Johnson Central High School where gave a free concert to the people of Johnson County.
Registration opened on the Ram Hometown Heroes website Monday, March 23 and was set to continue through Wednesday afternoon. However, all tickets had been accounted for by Monday afternoon.
“I’ve been around the school system for a while,” said Tim Adams, Director of District Operations for Johnson County Schools. “For Chris to make it big and come back and do this for our community is remarkable,”
School officials also reported Stapleton a surprise donation of over $60,000 worth of musical instruments to the Johnson Central band.
Stapleton commented after winning a Grammy by saying “I don’t make records to win awards, I make records to make records and hopefully make records as good as they can be.”
This humble statement speaks to the character of Stapleton and his Eastern Kentucky heritage. Stapleton gave an early performance during the school day just for students and staff of Johnson Central Thursday, March 24 before the nights free community concert.
Stapleton is nominated for five Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards that include album of the year, male vocalist of the year, new male vocalist of the year and vocal event of the year. Stapleton is recognized in the Album of the Year category as both artist and producer.
The 551st Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. eastern time from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on the CBS Television Network.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.