Yesterday and today, the town of Paintsville, Kentucky, was full of buzz thanks to a bearded man and his wife. Chris Stapleton and Ram Trucks teamed up with ACM Lifting Lives when Stapleton visited his hometown, Paintsville, KY hometown for two concerts in the Johnson Central High School gym.
During his visit, Ram Nation volunteers (a grassroots team of Ram truck owners) and students from the school’s carpentry program dedicated an outdoor performance space, The Golden Eagle Stage Powered By RAM Trucks, for the school’s use.
Chris Stapleton also donated $57,000 worth of instruments for the band. A little history bit – back in the day, he graduated Valedictorian in his class and performed “Memories,” a song he wrote. This week, Stapleton got word that he was awarded Best New Male Artist from the Academy of Country Music. That award will sit nicely on the shelf next to his CMA and Grammy awards. Nevertheless, fame has not changed for Chris Stapleton as he is proud of where his roots originated in Johnson County, Kentucky.
Here are a few scenes from today:
Chris Stapleton Cupcake from Nonnie’s Cake Corner
Chris Stapleton with US 23 Country Music Highway Museum Staff – via Paintsville Adventures Tourism Facebook
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.