Kentucky’s breakout music stars of 2015 are getting some prime TV exposure in early 2016.
NBC announced that Chris Stapleton will be the musical guest on the first Saturday Night Live of the year, Jan. 16. He might want to put down the Fender Jaguar and work on his lightsaber skills as the guest host will be Adam Driver, the villain Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Driver’s also on some HBO show.
Anyway, Stapleton’s SNL gig falls between winning three CMA Awards and being up for two Grammy Awards for his solo debut, Traveller.
Harlan County’s Jordan Smith is taking a break from working on his solo debut to sing on The People’s Choice Awards at 9 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The winner of NBC’s The Voice, Smith announced on Facebook that he is performing with his producer, David Foster, the musician and writer who has helped guide numerous shimmering voices including Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.