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Two years after the duet performance that nearly broke the internet, Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake found their way back to each other this weekend at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee where the pair reprised their 2015 CMA Awards performance of “Tennessee Whiskey,” offering up a smoldering reminder as to why we fell in love with them in the first place.
As his band begins to softly play a song we’ve heard too many times and still not enough, Timberlake kicks things off by coyly mentioning plans to bring out some special guests, offering only “This man and this woman that I’m about to bring out have inspired me so much since I met them” before asking the fine folks of Tennessee to give a warm welcome to Chris and Morgane Stapleton, smiling as the audience erupts into furious applause.
Fun Fact: “Tennessee Whiskey” was originally recorded by American country music artist David Allan Coe for his album of the same name Tennessee Whiskey, whose version peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1981.
“Tennessee Whiskey” as performed by Justin and Chris is every bit as electrifying as it was the first time we saw these two onstage, the chemistry that turned Stapleton into an overnight sensation and ushered in a brand new era for the country music world that night never more apparent when you realize that not only did they recreate that night in full force, but made it even better the second time around. Needless to say, when Justin Timberlake offered up the deal of a lifetime – “Every time either one of us plays Tennessee, the other one is there” – we were fiercely inclined to agree, and we’re positive you will too!