Their November 2015 performance of Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and Timberlake’s “Drink You Away,” helped propel Stapleton to international fame on the same night the Kentucky native swept up three awards for his critically-acclaimed, but modestly-selling solo debut, “Traveller.”
(Before you hit play, below, be advised there is some R-rated language in Timberlake’s stage patter.)
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Saturday night at Pilgrimage, a festival Timberlake co-produces, he invited Stapleton out for a reprise of “Tennessee Whiskey,” a Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove tune made famous by George Jones in 1981, and also highlighted two of Stapleton’s hits: “Fire Away” and “Sometimes I Cry,” with Stapleton and Timberlake trading verses.
“I think we should just make a deal that anytime either of us play Tennessee, the other one’s there,” Timberlake said in a video of the performance posted on YouTube. Stapleton simply replied, “OK.”
We could say the same for Kentucky, Gentlemen.
Stapleton and Timberlake also appeared Sunday night in Virginia at A Concert for Charlottesville, a unity concert in response to white nationalist rallies there in August. The concert was headlined by Virginia artists the Dave Matthews Band, which got its start at the University of Virginia, and Pharrell Williams, a native of Virginia Beach, as well as Kentuckians Cage the Elephant.
Rich Copley: @copiousnotes