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Chris Stapleton to Debut ‘Uptempo’ New Tune at 2017 ACM Awards

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On Thursday (March 30), Chris Stapleton revealed via a press release that he will be debuting new music during Sunday night’s (April 2) 2017 ACM Awards, and during a pre-show interview with the Academy of Country Music, the singer-songwriter shared a few more details about his plans.

“Well, we got a request … for some[thing] uptempo, so we handed in the most uptempo thing that we have,” Stapleton says with a laugh. “So that’s what we’re gonna do: We’re gonna get out there and rock out a little bit.”

Stapleton first announced plans for his sophomore album in mid-February. Very little is known about the new record thus far, except that it is set for release on May 5 — the two-year anniversary of the release of Stapleton’s freshman record, Traveller.

Stapleton is nominated three times at the 2017 ACM Awards: He’s up for Male Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year and Song of the Year. The awards show is set to take place at Las Vegas, Nev.’s T-Mobile Arena and air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2017 ACM Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to for the latest ACMs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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