If Rockefeller Center’s Studio 8H in New York is rockin’, you can blame Chris Stapleton.
Did y’all catch him on “Saturday Night Live” last night? Holy moly, it was all the way live and electric!
Chris stopped by to perform as the musical guest on the Jan. 27 episode of the beloved sketch comedy show just ahead of the “60th Annual Grammy Awards,” and had a very special surprise for “SNL” fans as he welcomed pal and fellow Grammy winner Sturgill Simpson as his guest in both of performance slots.
Oh yeah, baby, twice the outlaw goodness! Well, technically four times the outlaw as these two traditionalists, troubadours and Grammy-darlings joined forces.
Just hours before the show went live on air, Chris gave fans a tease of what was to come. He posted a video on his Instagram that showed Sturgill peeking out from behind Chris and then trying on his cowboy hat. Referring to their shared home state, Chris captioned the video, “Tonight we’ve got some extra Kentucky in NYC.”
We’re not gonna lie, we went a little nuts hoping that this meant the two would be jamming together.
And we got our wish! Sturgill joined Chris for both performances, the first being Chris’ “Midnight Train to Memphis,” where Sturgill took his turn on the second verse.
Pardon us, while we pick our jaw up off the floor. Have you ever heard such badassery?!
For the second tune, Chris and Sturgill took on Chris’ “Hard Livin’,” and it was just as incredible as their first performance.
Chris’ wife Morgane — who is pregnant with twins — sounded just perfect on those harmonies, too, and we are feeling her new ’70s inspired bangs and haircut. Between the music and that shag hairdo we thought we were listening to the Highwaymen.
Okay, y’all, so about that—can’t you see Chris and Sturgill taking this show on the road? Fans want more of this.
“Would DIE to see a show with the two of YOU!!!” one fan posted on Chris’ Instagram.
Another one had this idea: “You two need to tour together and have Jamey Johnson as the opener.”
Or just have Jamey Johnson as another headliner and call Jason Isbell to be one, too. Lt’s make this thing one big ol’ party!
Sign us up and take our money: we are IN for more Chris and Sturgill.
On Sunday night, Jan. 28, Chris heads into the “60th Annual Grammy Awards” with three nominations for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album, the latter an honor Sturgill took home last year for his critically-acclaimed “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.”
Win or lose at any awards show, these two stars are always winners in our book.