by Andrew Sacher

Chris Stapleton

Among the lineup for the mostly-mainstream country FarmBorough Festival taking place on NYC's Randall's Island from June 26-28 is a few artists who avoid the pop-country formula like Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, and Nashville's Chris Stapleton. Chris released his debut album, Traveller, earlier this year on Universal, and it's mostly melancholic, down-on-my-luck country with lines like "I drink because I'm lonesome and I'm lonesome 'cause I drink" ("Whiskey and You"). The way Chris tells it, the album's the result of "15 years of effort" (including years as a songwriter for other artists) and he recently released a video, "15 Years of Traveller," chronicling the stories behind the album. You can watch that, and a video of him playing the aforementioned "Whiskey and You" below.

If Chris's music reminds you of Sturgill Simpson's last record at all, that might be because they both used producer Dave Cobb (who has also produced Jason Isbell and Jamey Johnson). In fact, Chris chose Dave after liking what he heard on Sturgill's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.

That NYC festival is just one stop on his ongoing tour, which also includes a Kansas City show with Dwight Yoakam, a Nashville show with Jason Isbell, and more. All dates are listed, with those videos, below...

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Chris Stapleton -- 2015 Tour Dates
June 11--Winston-Salem, NC--Ziggy's
June 12--Charleston, SC--Charleston Music Hall
June 13--Raleigh, NC--Lincoln Theatre
June 17--Knoxville, TN--Bijou Theatre
June 18--Asheville, NC--The Orange Peel
June 19--Charlotte, NC--Amos' Southend
June 20--Charlottesville, VA--Jefferson Theater
June 26--New York, NY--Farmborough Festival
June 27--Dover, DE--Big Barrel Country Music Festival
June 28--Charleston, WV--Mountain Stage
July 2--Houston, TX--Warehouse Live
July 3--Fort Worth, TX--Billy Bob's Texas 4th of July Picnic
July 4--Austin, TX--Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic
July 10 & 11--Prestonsburg, KY--Mountain Arts Center
July 12--Chicago, IL--Windy City Smokeout BBQ & Country Music Fest
July 18--Louisville, KY--Forecastle Festival
July 24--Huber Heights, OH--Rose Music Center*
July 25--Ashland, KY--Paramount Arts Center
July 30--Kansas City, MO--Kansas City Live!†
July 31--Tulsa, OK--Cain's Ballroom
September 5--Seattle, WA--Bumbershoot Festival
September 12--Avon, CO--Rendezvous Music Festival
September 26--Panama City Beach, FL--Chasin' The Sun Festival
October 26--Nashville, TN--Ryman Auditorium‡
January 31-February 7--Cayamo Cruise

*with Gary Allan
†with Dwight Yoakam
‡with Jason Isbell