At a time when bro-country music flounders in an esthetic desert of booze, parties and pick-up trucks, Chris Stapleton returns country music to its soulful honky-tonk roots. The Kentucky native pulled a hat trick (not a cap trick!) at the CMA awards as the first artist to win album (“Traveller”), male vocalist and new artist of the year. If he’s not the savior of country music, he’s pointing the way back to the honky-tonks for young artists and music industry suits.
Friday night, Stapleton brings his “Traveller” songs and more to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Sam Lewis will also perform. Get details at boothamphitheatre.com.
- Saturday, bro-country’s Kenny Chesney returns to Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre along with Old Dominion, while the Chicken Wire Gang plays the Cat’s Cradle’s Back Room in Carrboro.
- On Sunday, Willie Nelson and Family bring their hits to Koka Booth, and Hard Working Americans and Town Mountain perform at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh.
- The North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards take place Wednesday night at Fletcher Opera Theatre in Raleigh (tickets are $25). Also Wednesday, Hot Club of Cowtown brings their Western Swing to Durham’s Motorco Music Hall.