Chris Stapleton Forced to Cancel Performance Over Health Issue, Announces Country Group Will Replace Him

by Jonathan Howard

During Chris Stapleton’s tour, there have not been many issues. However, the country artist is having to cancel an upcoming show due to illness. While it is not COVID-related, he will not be able to play his set at the BottleRock Festival in Nappa Valley, CA. Instead, there will be another act going on in his place, despite the short notice.

While the show is scheduled for tonight, it seems that the organizers have gotten it under control. When your headlining act goes out with illness, it can be difficult to react. Stapleton detailed everything in a post on Instagram.

The post came with a text photo as well as a caption. Chris Stapleton explained why he was missing the show and the group that is going to replace him at tonight’s show.

“It is with a heavy heart that I will be unable to perform tonight at the BottleRock Festival due to a non-COVID related illness. We sincerely apologize to the festival & the attending fans,” Stapleton’s statement began. It was clear that the decision wasn’t taken lightly. Canceling a show last minute has a lot of consequences.

It’s great to see that there will be a new headliner in Chris Stapleton’s place. Fans should have a great time. “We are also grateful to the amazing Highwomen who, on a moment’s notice, have agreed to perform in our place. We are focused on getting well at home & hope to see you all soon.”

The Highwomen Replace Chris Stapleton

The Highwomen are coming off their debut album release from 2019. Touring is one of the best ways bands and artists get their music out to the public. The group has been successful in its early years and headlining a festival like this is just another step in the right direction. This year, they have released a single and fans are expectant for the next project.

There is a lot of buzz around The Highwomen. They are a fitting replacement for Chris Stapleton. Their debut album shot up to No.1 on the U.S. Country charts as well as the Folk charts. On the Billboard 200, the album shot up to No.10 among all genres. That first album, self-titled, was produced by Dave Cobb, the famed producer who has worked with a number of great acts including Stapleton.

In their own post on Instagram, the group shared with fans that they would be performing. “THIS IS NOT A DRILL… we are playing a show tonight,” the post read. Unfortunately, they won’t be featuring their original lineup. Amanda Shires is being replaced by Brittney Spencer. Spencer has performed with the group in the past, so she will do just fine up stage headlining with them.