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Chris Stapleton Postpones Shows to Rest Injured Vocals

Chris Stapleton has postponed a handful of live dates, on doctor’s orders.

The country music star has been ordered to rest his voice, which means he’ll skip dates Thursday (Oct. 21) at the Riverbend in Cincinnati, and his sold-out shows Friday (Oct. 22) and Saturday (Oct. 23) at Nashville’s Bridgestone.

Stapleton had some quiet time of late, to allow his voice time to mend. Unfortunately,” he writes, “the progress I made is not enough.”


On medical advice, Stapleton will “continue my vocal rest through the weekend in order to fully heal. I am sorry that so many of you have been inconvenienced and I’m truly thankful for your patience and understanding.”

He continues, “Nothing is more personal to me than the experience of music. I’m eternally grateful for the privilege of sharing in that journey with all of you night after night. Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see you all very soon.”

The Nashville, TN shows have been rescheduled for Dec. 10 and 11, and a replacement date for Ohio’s Riverbend will be locked in for 2022 and announced “as soon as possible.”

The Lexington, Kentucky native is touring in support of his fourth full-length album Starting Over, which blasted to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in 2020, and No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Away from the road, Stapleton has been busy in the studio with a string of collaborations, including a Christmas song “Glow” with Kelly Clarkson, “The War Inside” with Tom Morello, and Carlos Santana’s “Joy.”