Sturgill Simpson’s surprise appearance in Chris Stapleton’s “Saturday Night Live” set this past weekend fueled the obvious question, is there more to come from this Kentucky collaboration?
Fortunately, with three Grammy Awards in hand Sunday night, Stapleton met the press, and the question was asked.
“You’d like to know that,” Stapleton said, with a laugh, Nashville’s Tennessean reported, Monday.
While that sounded leading, Stapleton reportedly went on to say, “We haven’t necessarily talked about anything. We just know each other, we have fun, play music every now and then, and it happened to happen on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ So we don’t have anything planned.”
Another collaboration Stapleton addressed in a Tennessean video was working with Tom Petty, who he had opened shows for in Chicago and Milwaukee, last summer. Stapleton and Emmylou Harris paid tribute to Petty, who died in October, on Sunday Night’s Grammy Awards with a performance of his “Wildflowers,” the title track to Petty’s 1994 album that Stapleton said was his favorite album of all time.
Going forward, Stapleton now has a Lexington date at Rupp Arena, Oct. 27, and the current speculation is whether he might pop up in Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show. Super Bowl performers often bring guests, and Timberlake is a serial collaborator, so there’s speculation about a long list of potential partners, including Jay-Z, Jimmy Fallon, his former band NSYNC and, of course, Janet Jackson. But last week’s release of Timberlake and Stapleton’s new song, “Say Something,” adds some validity to the Stapleton speculation. Tune in.
Rich Copley, @copiousnotes