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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight Chris Stapleton in its newest exhibition, “Chris Stapleton: Since 1978,” presented by Ram Trucks.

The exhibit, which opens July 1 and runs through May 14, 2023, will chronicle the course of Stapleton’s musical career, from his Kentucky roots and success as a Nashville songwriter to his rise to stardom as one of country music’s most influential and unique voices.

Kyle Young, chief executive officer for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said in a press release, “Chris Stapleton is a powerful and emotive singer, a prolific and poetic songwriter, and a skilled and expressive guitar player. His rise as a successful artist may have seemed instantaneous to many, but he has been a force in country music for more than 20 years – whether writing hit songs for other country artists or contributing to studio recordings.”

He added, “Throughout it all, he has maintained his own unique perspective by staying true to his authentic self and artistic vision, and he continues to open the door to country music for new fans across generations and genres.”

Items featured in “Chris Stapleton: Since 1978” include clothing, guitars, awards, and other personal artifacts from Stapleton. Some artifact highlights include:

  • The Pendleton flannel jacket, Dee Cee denim western shirt, and Manuel leather vest worn by Stapleton on the album cover of Traveller.
  • Waffle House Golden Waffle award, or “Tunie,” which recognizes Stapleton as the most-played artist on the restaurant chain’s jukeboxes in 2019.
  • A LEGO model of Stapleton and his band onstage, elements of which were animated for the LEGO-themed music video for “Second One to Know” (2019).

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