I saw something I normally don't see at a concert last night at Amsoil Arena.  I had hosted a pre show party across the street at Grizzly's, and had a chance to talk to a bunch of people that were attending the concert.  Many of them drove long distances for the show, and paid upwards of $300 for tickets.  This man had a tall order to fill, but he did. 

We were on the floor when we started chatting with a couple that had driven all the way from Souix Falls, SD.  That's an 8 hour drive.  They paid $300 for their tickets (which were general admission at this point.)  Others drove from Rochester, the twin cities, Green Bay, and all across the midwest.  I truly do not remember seeing so many people drive this far for an artist that has really only been on the radar for a couple of years.

He's got a few radio hits, but nowhere as near as many as other acts that have come here before and failed to sell out.  Chris Stapleton has some of the most devoted fans that I have ever seen.  I'm one of them.

I've listened to his albums over and over and over again.  I know all the songs by heart, and no surprise so did the rest of the crowd.  I looked around in awe at one point when everyone was singing along to "Them Stems."  Which is a song about running out of pot.  (Love that tune.)  This song is a rather deeper cut, and everyone knew the words. I don't know if I've ever seen that before in Duluth.

He doesn't do much in the form of showmanship because he really doesn't have to.  His guitar skills nearly match his incredible vocals.  His wife Morgan sings back up and she's fantastic as well.  I felt as if I was watching a husband and wife just jamming in their garage at times.  Sure it was a big stage with lighting, but from across the room I could see it was all about the music.  There weren't flashy distractions or talk segments. It was the music, and he's got a song for everyone.  If you get the chance, make sure you make it to a Chris Stapleton concert.

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