In 2017, Chris Stapleton performed a rain-soaked set at the opening of Wrigley Field in Chicago for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on the classic rock band’s 40th anniversary. This summer, the country singer-songwriter will tie the knot when he returns to the scene with Mike Campbell and Heartbreakers guitarist’s new band, the Dirty Knobs.
Stapleton sings on Dirty Knobs debut album Merciless abandonment, released on March 20, and says he wrote with Campbell at the guitarist’s home studio in Los Angeles.
“He’s probably my favorite guitarist of all time. Sitting down with him and writing a few songs was cool, ”says Stapleton, who also recorded in Nashville at RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb. “We also did it last year,” he says. “I don’t want to make any promises, but there’s probably new music on the way.”
In the meantime, Stapleton, who spoke to Rolling stone ahead of Keith Urban’s All for the Hall benefit concert in Nashville on Monday night, eagerly awaits his just-announced All-American Road Show tour and the mega-line that is Wrigley Field on August 29: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and the Highwomen are also playing. Stapleton says the lineup, one of the busiest of the summer, came together when he and Isbell met backstage at an awards show.
“We wanted to involve the Highwomen because they hadn’t played a lot of shows,” says Stapleton of the supergroup, which often includes Isbell playing guitar for Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Isbell’s wife, Amanda Shires. “I was talking to Jason in the hallway with Amanda and he said, ‘I’m going out for this. “We were looking for other people [to play], and, well, Jason said he was coming anyway, so that’s how this show went.
Stapleton kicks off the 2020 edition of its All-American Road Show tour on March 11 in Corpus Christi, Texas.