XPN MusicNotes: Watch Chris Stapleton’s heartfelt tribute to Aretha Franklin

Chris Stapleton | photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin | via Orange County Register

“I would never presume to sing an Aretha Franklin song but in tribute to her tonight, I’ll give it my best shot. She is the greatest singer that ever lived” -Chris Stapleton

Calling her the “greatest singer who ever lived,” Chris Stapleton paid tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles, performing a cover of the Queen of Soul’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.”  Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Remembering Philly’s own Billy Paul, watch Chris Stapleton pay tribute to Prince

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Philadelphia R&B/Soul Singer Billy Paul has died.  He passed away on Sunday at his home in Blackwood, NJ.  He was 81.

Billy Paul started getting attention at age 11 while attending the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music. He was was one of the many, many artists who had success with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff at Philadelphia International Records.  Billy Paul hit it big in 1972 with his No. 1 hit “Me and Mrs. Jones,” for which he won a Grammy Award for best rhythm ‘n blues male vocal performance. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Chris Stapleton added to Jason Isbell / Frank Turner show at Festival Pier


Outlaw state of mind: Country rock fugitive Chris Stapleton, who just snagged a bunch of Grammys last month for his terrific album Traveller, has just been added to the Jason Isbell gig at Festival Pier on June 17th.

What had already looked to be a solid night of singer-songwriter madness (Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls had already been announced as support) has morphed into what is most likely to be mini-festival of epic acoustic-rock proportions. Continue reading →