Chris Stapleton helped kick off the CMT Music Awards on June 9 with a fiery performance of “Arkansas” from Bonnaroo Farms in Tennessee. The singer-songwriter with the golden voice burned through the song with fervor, detailing the song’s story of heading to Arkansas for a little fun.
Gotta get down, gotta get down to Arkansas/Havin’ so much fun that it’s probably a little bit against the law/All the boys and the girls down there sure do know how to have a ball/If you wanna get down, gotta get down to Arkansas, he sings.
The song is part of Stapleton’s Starting Over album, his fourth studio project. Stapleton is a previous CMT Music Awards winner, taking home Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Fire Away” in 2016.
Hosted by superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the 2021 “CMT Music Awards” airs Wednesday, June 9th at 8p/7c on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.