Is Chris Stapleton Already Country Music Hall of Fame-Worthy?
As a modern era artist, Chris Stapleton won't be eligible for the Country Music Hall of Fame until 2035, and that's just not fair.
Stapleton wasn't just a songwriter before he became a world-class touring artist — he was a songwriter who artists turned to when it mattered.
He's unique because he was so influential as a songwriter for so long before his recording career took off. Did that reset the clock for him?
Stapleton signed his very first publishing deal in the early 2000s, and pretty soon after landed a cut on Paisley's Mud on the Tires album. The work was steady after that, with early 2010s hits by Rhett and Turner and important Red River Blue album cuts by Shelton among the highlights of his catalog.
In this episode of the Secret History of Country Music podcast, Billy Dukes and Adison Haager explore what separates Stapleton as Hall of Fame-worthy and look for comparisons.
Spoiler alert: There aren't many.
Season 2 of the Secret History of Country Music is available as a YouTube video podcast or audio-only podcast. Both are above, but you can also find the pod on Apple, Spotify or wherever you podcast. Following the seven-minute recap, ToC's Billy Dukes and Adison Haager will explore the topic further.
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