WATCH: Eric Church, Chris Stapleton Belt ‘The Weight’ at 2015 Concert

by Emily Morgan

There’s no doubt that country music artists love getting the chance to give their fans surprises. In 2015, fans of Eric Church and Chris Stapleton would have their dreams come true when the two teamed up during a show in Bozeman, Montana. 

The iconic pair could have performed any song to create a memorable experience, but Church and Stapleton took it to another level when they performed one of the most beloved songs in classic rock history: “The Weight.” 

Considering both Church and Stapleton’s work has an innate rock characteristic, “The Weight” was a song that effortlessly seemed to fit for the evening. Check out just how incredible their duet was in the video below. 

Initially recorded by Canadian-American rock group, The Band, the song was released in 1968. 

Despite not achieving much commercial success on the charts, the song greatly influenced American popular music. 

Almost forty years after its release, Rolling Stone ranked “The Weight” at the 41st spot on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list in 2004. 

Eric Church, Chris Stapleton Team Up Again at The Ryman

Both Stapelton and Church have had remarkable success in their careers. The CMA Awards nominated the two for the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” Award. It was a well-earned and unsurprising nomination considering Church and Stapleton’s 2017 tours entertained hundreds of thousands of fans and sold out many shows. 

In 2017, the two came together again at the annual kickoff to CMA Music Festival at the Ryman. The event ran for nearly four hours and featured some epic once-in-a-lifetime performances. 

During the night, Church brought out Stapleton, who opened for the Chief during his recent Outsiders World Tour. Church also called upon Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. Along with Stapleton’s wife Morgane, the group again performed The Weight,” with each vocalist taking a verse. It was indeed an only-in-Nashville type of event. 

Later on, the group threw in a plot twist as Church began strumming the opening chords to Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.” The country alpha males joined in with Fairchild to sing the alluring tune, captivating the crowd the entire time.