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Those who picked up a copy of Chris Stapleton‘s debut album Traveller were blown away by everything they heard. The album contained a good mix of originals and covers, including Stapleton’s now world-famous rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey.”
Another cover that Stapleton included on the album was the song “Was It 26.” The track was originally recorded by The Charlie Daniels Band, and was included on their 1989 album Simple Man.
Written by songwriter Don Sampson, “Was It 26” is told from the perspective of a man who has lived a pretty rough life. The hardships the man faces have been the result of his own actions, as he sings, “Emptied every bottle, when I poured I never missed. I had blood shot eyes at twenty-five or was it twenty-six?”
Since he’s been living such a hard life, the man has lost track of time and exactly how old he was or is. He sings about this in the opening line of the song’s chorus, saying, “Those two years run together like whiskey over ice.”
The song was never released as a single by The Charlie Daniels Band or Stapleton, but it remains a notable piece in both of their catalogs. So imagine how thrilled fans were when Daniels joined Stapleton at a recent show to perform the song as a duet!
Stapleton took the lead first, crooning out the lyrics while Daniels backed him up on guitar. Then Daniels got his chance to shine, delivering each note with a blast of power and precision.
These two made it easy to get lost in the story they told through their performance. We were hooked from the first note! We’re sure that the crowd watching them experienced the same feeling.
Prepare to be amazed by the showcase of talent that you’re about to witness from these two country music greats. Check out their performance of “Was It 26” in the video below.
After watching this, we’re itching to hear Stapleton and Daniels collaborate on other projects!