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Chris Stapleton joins the chorus of tributes to Aretha Franklin

Chris Stapleton performed on the Mast Stage during Forecastle Festival Saturday at Waterfront Park in Louisville.
Chris Stapleton performed on the Mast Stage during Forecastle Festival Saturday at Waterfront Park in Louisville. aslitz@herald-leader.com

Kentuckian Chris Stapleton may not be the obvious artist to pay tribute to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. But when we start throwing in basic elements of both artists’ music: powerful voices, great songs and ... well, soul, comparisons make total sense.

And following Franklin’s death Thursday, Stapleton did pay tribute to Franklin at California concerts over the weekend in Chula Vista Thursday, Anaheim Friday, and Los Angeles Saturday.

Playing the Los Angeles Forum, Stapleton observed that Franklin was the first artist to play the storied venue in 1968.

“She is the greatest singer that ever lived, that ever will live, and my all-time favorite,” Stapleton told the Forum crowd. “I would never presume to sing an Aretha Franklin song, but in tribute to her tonight, I’ll give it my best shot.”

Stapleton proceeded to sing the Detroit native’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” with a thick layer of Southern soul, including a scorching guitar solo.

The Johnson County-raised country star continues his Great American Road Show tour to New England this coming weekend, and he plays Rupp Arena on Oct. 27.

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