Chris Stapleton is four months into his All American Road Show tour and recently kept it rolling with a run of shows through the northeast. The crooner took the stage at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ on Saturday (Aug. 12) for a power-packed show that highlighted exactly why he’s country music’s “IT act.”
After putting the tour on hold to recover from a broken bone and detached tendon in his hand, the GRAMMY-winning artist resumed and has hit concert venues across the nation. While Stapleton is likely able to fill up arenas and amphitheaters, the singer decided to keep his tour cozy for the best sounding experience he could offer fans.
“You find out really early that basketball arenas and hockey arenas aren’t designed to sound good. That’s just not what they are made for. They are made to play basketball and hockey in. When you’re playing these places, people are paying more for tickets and sitting farther away. So, you feel a responsibility – at least I do – to try to make that experience musically and sonically, the best that it can be,” he told Sounds Like Nashville previously. “I figured out very early – long before I headlined that those places are probably the most challenging places to play music. Dreaming up things on napkins over the years, I always would draw things and try to come up with ideas to make things better and easier to play on and in, and hopefully have the result of something that sounds better out front. This is a march in that direction, and hopefully it will achieve some of that.”
Joining Stapleton for his stop at the BB&T Pavilion were Margo Price and Brent Cobb, each ideal as an opening act for the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. The acts were chosen by Stapleton after some careful consideration.
“People and music that we love. Those were the pre-requsites,” he said. “If either of those didn’t apply, it probably wasn’t someone that we would ask to come on the road with us. Everybody we have out with us are wonderful people, and are great musicians. It’s music that we listen to at the house.”
Check out our exclusive photos from the The All-American Road Show in Camden, NJ below.