What do you get when you combine the soul of gospel, the angst of the blues, the twang of country, and the sizzle of pop? You get the jaw-droppingly, hair-raisingly good Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake performance at this year’s Country Music Awards (CMAs).
Stapleton and Timberblake stole the show at the annual CMAs in Nashville on Wednesday night by performing the 1981 David Allan Coe standard “Tennessee Whiskey.” George Jones was the first to cover the song in 1983, when it nearly reached the top of the Billboard country charts.
Stapleton and Timberlake followed up their version of “Tennessee Whiskey” with a performance of Timberlake’s “Drink You Away” from the former NSYNC star’s 2013 album “The 20/20 Experience.”
Stapleton, a prolific and well-regarded multi-genre songwriter, previously served as the frontman for The SteelDrivers, a popular Nashville-based bluegrass band. He left the SteelDrivers in 2010 to form The Jompson Brothers, a rock band that sounded more like a grittier version of Lynyrd Skynyrd than the Osborne Brothers or Scruggs and Flatt.
You can watch the full of video of Chris Stapleton’s and Justin Timberlake’s performance at the 2015 CMAs here.