"The Nashville sound meets the soul of Memphis."
Two dudes with distinct musical styles -- and dramatically different ideas about personal grooming -- Chris Stapleton and
The 8-minute result, complete with a horn section and lovely harmony vocals from Stapleton's wife, Morgane, found a fertile middle ground between country and soul. No wonder the camera caught Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, whose best work borrows from R&B, watching with visible envy.
Kelley wasn't the only A-lister impressed by the performance, either. Wearing a bedazzled Stapleton T-shirt while collecting the prize for female vocalist of the year, Miranda Lambert thanked the two singers and said, "I'm gonna go home and practice."