Chris Stapleton & Maren Morris Sing Tom Petty ‘Free Fallin”
Remember this performance from four-years-ago? In February of 2016 Chris Stapleton was one of the hottest "new" names in country music. And Maren Morris was widely unknown. Let's set the table.
It had only been a few months since Stapleton and Justin Timberlake shocked the world with one of the biggest, and most unlikely, collaborations in ACM history. No one knew then that sold out stadiums, and multiple GRAMMY awards were in his future, or that Traveller, which took home Album of the Year honors that night, was destined to be the biggest selling country album of the decade.
At the time Maren Morris's major label album debut, Hero, was four months away. And no one knew that the talented Texan had ACM, CMA, GRAMMY awards, and No. 1 songs in her future. Oh, and her worldwide smash and collaboration with Zedd, "The Middle," was still two years away.
Nope, we knew none of that then. All we knew was two of country music's brightest new stars had combined forces to annihilate the Tom Petty classic, "Free Fallin'" at the Ryman Auditorium.