Chris Stapleton Delivers Powerful Acoustic Version Of “Whiskey And You”

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Chris Stapleton Wrote Many Major Hits For Other Country Stars

You don’t have to look far to find evidence that Chris Stapleton is a songwriting genius. You probably haven’t realized it, but his songs have been sprinkled throughout country music for years. In fact, some of the past decade’s greatest hits were written by him.

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Stapleton’s name is attached to some pretty big songs, perhaps none more than Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More.” The song became Chesney’s fastest-climbing number one and was the breakout that Stapleton needed to take off in Nashville.

Right after “Never Wanted Nothing More,” Stapleton saw another one of his songs get picked up by Chesney’s good friend Tim McGraw. The song was “Whiskey and You,” and McGraw became the first one to cut it.

He released his recording in March 2007 from his chart-topping album Let It Go. While McGraw never released Whiskey and You” as a single, it was still a popular track on his album.

Jump forward a few years, and Stapleton decided to cut the song for his debut solo album Traveller, which was released in May 2015. Like McGraw, Stapleton never released “Whiskey and You” as a single, but it still managed to catch on with fans.

Its popularity further increased after Aaron Lewis released his version of the song on his 2016 album Sinner.

Have You Ever Watched Chris Sing “Whiskey And You” Live Before? If Not, Check Out The Video Below…

Between McGraw’s release of the song and his own release, Stapleton performed “Whiskey and You” at a series of events for songwriters. During one of these events, he delivered one of the best renditions of the song we’ve ever heard.

It was April 30, 2011, the day of the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. Stapleton was set to perform during the special Writer’s Jam panel, and he brought his A-game with “Whiskey and You.”

Usually, Stapleton can only be seen on stage with his wife, Morgane, by his side. This time, he decided to do his whole performance solo, using only his guitar to back him up.

“Whiskey and You” is a naturally packed song full of raw emotion. But Stapleton’s choice to go unplugged for his performance made those emotions even stronger.

There’s a great vulnerability in doing an acoustic session, but Stapleton proved he was more than capable of holding his own. As a result, he delivered a heart-shattering performance that seemed fitting considering the subject of “Whiskey and You.”

This performance proves how talented Chris Stapleton is as a singer and songwriter. Tune in below to check it out.

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