Staff Pick: Chris Stapleton (finally) brings 'Starting Over' to the Schott

The country star hits Columbus for a show tonight (Thursday, April 21), joined by can't-miss opener Margo Price

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton released his fourth album, Starting Over, in November 2020, and the title has served as a fitting theme for the last couple of years, in which Stapleton's tour in support of the record has repeatedly been kicked down the road and rebooted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Now, finally, Stapleton is set to visit Columbus' Schottenstein Center tonight (Thursday, April 21), alongside openers Madeline Edwards and Margo Price. 

The COVID-related delays have done little to dim the fervor around the musician, who earlier this month swept all of the categories in which he was nominated at the Grammy Awards, taking home wins for Best Country Album (Starting Over), Best Country Solo Performance ("You Should Probably Leave") and Best Country Song ("Cold").

Stapleton also performed on the telecast, delivering a stunning rendition of "Cold," which, true to form, bypassed the bells, whistles and forced cameos that sometimes define Grammy appearances, the Kentucky-born crooner opting for a more straightforward run through the piano-laced, heart-aching tune, which you can watch below. (Dig the way those "ohhs" manage to cut to the bone.)

While Stapleton might be the headliner, opener Price, spiritual kin to Dolly Parton, is a similar force with which to be reckoned. The Nashville singer and songwriter's most recent album, That's How Rumors Get Started, from 2020, recounts her hardscrabble past with a righteously unsentimental tone. "I won’t forget what it’s like to be poor, I could be there again, that’s for sure," she sings matter-of-factly on one song, and that hunger to resist any backslide resonates throughout everything she does.