A dream had come true for Chris Stapleton this year when he opened three shows for the legendary Tom Petty. Those three shows were going to be just the beginning of the two playing together until Petty passed away on October 2nd from cardiac arrest. “I got to spend a few minutes with Tom, talking, and the last thing he said to me was, ‘I hope we get to do more of this,’” Stapleton told Taste Of Country.
“I left there thinking that we would get to do more of it, and I’m so heartbroken and sad that he’s no longer with us. He’s given us so much music — and brought so much joy to so many people who have listened to his songs and his songwriting, and his singing and his guitar playing,” he continued. Even though he isn’t a country musician, Tom Petty has been a major influence on country music since the 1970’s when he fronted the band Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
According to Taste Of Country, Stapleton also said, “I would not trade anything for those shows, and that brief moment I got to speak with Tom. It was a highlight of the year for me.”
Earlier this year Stapleton released a new album, From A Room, Vol. 1. He’s getting ready to follow it up with From A Room, Vol. 2, which is due out on December 1st.