Nashville’s Famed Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will highlight the musical contributions of 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 multi-faceted musical career, from his Kentucky roots and success as a Nashville songwriter to his rise to stardom as one of country music’s most powerful and unique voices.
Specials items featured in Chris Stapleton: Since 1978 include clothing, guitars, awards, and other personal artifacts from Stapleton. Some artifact highlights include:
- Stapleton’s 1966 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard electric guitar, was used during the recording of his song “Traveller.”
- Stapleton’s first guitar amplifier, a 1960s Gibson GA-8 Discoverer, which he used extensively, including at performances in the early 2000s.
- 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,” 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).