"You know, we met Willie Nelson earlier, and she was wearing that T-shirt!"
Robert Menzer for the Village Voice Chris Stapleton at the Mercury Lounge, 5/5/15
Most people would be mortified to realize they're sporting the face of the person they're meeting across their front, but if anyone can pull it off, it's Morgane Stapleton. At the packed-as-hell May 5 Mercury Lounge show celebrating the release of husband Chris Stapleton's Traveller, his devastatingly good solo debut, Morgane — who lends her voice to Traveller's ballads, confessions, and numerous tributes to brown liquor — was still rocking Nelson's image by the time she hit the stage. The choice to do so was kind of perfect for the occasion, given Stapleton's undeniable twang and the timeless, effortless storytelling that makes him a deserving addition to the Outlaw Country club. (It didn't hurt that she was standing beside Mickey Raphael, the adept harmonica player from Nelson's band, whom Stapleton has tapped for his live shows.)
While Stapleton is an overnight sensation to the uninitiated, the singer-songwriter has long since established himself as a premier talent in Nashville, as both a performer with the SteelDrivers (Adele's a big fan) and a songwriter who has penned hits for Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney, and other pop-country crooners. With Traveller, he's set to be a crossover success. If the line trailing down Houston from the door of the Mercury Lounge was any indication, it seems that Stapleton's fashionably late to his own big break.More »