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Chris Stapleton postpones concerts, cancels CMA Fest show


Chris Stapleton, who appeared May 23 on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ May 23 to perform his single ‘Either Way, ‘ did not reveal the reason for delaying 8 concerts.
NASHVILLE — Country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton postponed the next three weeks of his performances Wednesday and canceled his appearance at Nashville’s CMA Music Festival.
Stapleton, 39, who appeared on NBC-TV’s The Voice May 23 to perform his single Either Way, did not reveal the reason for delaying eight concerts on his All-American Road Show tour to bolster sales of his album released in early May, From A Room: Volume 1. A tweet from the Country Music Association cited “unforeseen circumstances.”
Stapleton’s team is urging fans to hang on to their tickets while they work to reschedule tour dates spanning from his Thursday concert in Fresno, Calif., to his June 17 show in Noblesville, Ind.
Vocal issues stemming from outdoor music gigs like the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., caused the musician to postpone a Santa Barbara, Calif., concert last year.
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“I had to cancel a show because of playing stuff like this, where there is dust in the air, ” Stapleton told Rolling Stone magazine last year. “We played two weeks at Coachella and the second weekend took me down.”
The concerts affected in June:
• June 1, Fresno, Calif. • June 2, Mountain View, Calif. • June 3, Wheatland, Calif. • June 9, Southaven, Miss. • June 10, Birmingham, Ala. • June 11, CMA Music Fest, Nashville • June 15, Charleston, W. Va. • June 16, Cincinnati • June 17, Noblesville, Ind.
Before his solo career, Stapleton was frontman for the bluegrass group The SteelDrivers and founded The Jompson Brothers, a Southern rock band. The son of an Appalachian coal miner from Staffordsville, Ky., released his debut solo album, Traveller, in 2015.
He is married to singer-songwriter Morgane Hayes, and they have two children.
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