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January 29, 2018

Popular country star sets RUPP Arena visit for Oct. 9...

Kentucky native Chris Stapleton picked up three Grammy Awards Sunday at the 60th annual ceremony held in New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Johnson Co. native Chris Stapleton won three top Grammys last night in New York, NY. His wife and musical collaborator Morgane is in the background.Johnson Co. native Chris Stapleton won three top Grammys last night in New York, NY. His wife and musical collaborator Morgane is in the background.

Stapleton, originally from Johnson County, won for "Either Way" in the Best Country Solo Performance, beating out Sam Hunt ("Body Like A Back Road"), Alison Krauss ("Losing You"), Miranda Lambert ("Tin Man"), and Maren Morris ("I Could Use A Love Song").

Stapleton's "Broken Halos" won for Best Country Song, which goes to the songwriter(s).

He and co-writer Mike Henderson beat out "Better Man" (Taylor Swift), "Body Like A Back Road" (Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne), "Drinkin’ Problem" (Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach), and "Tin Man" (Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall).

Stapleton won Best Country Album for "From A Room: Volume 1," out-voting Kenny Chesney's "Cosmic Hallelujah," Lady Antebellum's "Heart Break," Little Big Town's "The Breaker," and Thomas Rhett's "Life Changes."

This isn't his first Grammy success. He won twice in 2016: Best Country Album for "Traveler" and Best Country Performance for the song "Traveler."

Stapleton will be a headliner at the 2018 Forecastle Festival July 13-15 in Waterfront Park.

By Jeffrey Lee Puckett
Louisville Courier Journal


Date: 01-29-2018

After high-profile weekend, Chris Stapleton announces Rupp Arena concert

By Rich Copley
Lexington Herald Leader

In the past few days, Chris Stapleton debuted a new song and video with Justin Timberlake, created the most Kentucky “Saturday Night Live” ever by having fellow Kentuckian Sturgill Simpson perform with him, and added three Grammy Awards to his trophy case.

So what else could he do to make his home state fans happy?

On Monday morning, the Lexington-born, Johnson County-raised country star announced that he will be coming back to the Bluegrass for an Oct. 27 show at Rupp Arena.

Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 9. The stop will be part of the latest leg of Stapleton’s All-American Road Show tour, which will include stops at The Forum in Los Angeles and at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Rupp date will follow a summer appearance at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, July 13 to 15.

On Sunday night, Stapleton won Grammy Awards for best country album (“From A Room: Volume 1”), best country song (“Broken Halos”) and best country solo performance (“Either Way”). Those awards will join his 2016 Grammys for best country album and best country solo performance, both for his solo debut, “Traveller.” He also joined Emmylou Harris on the Grammys to play a tribute to the late Tom Petty, for whom he had opened shows last summer.

At Rupp, Stapleton will be joined by openers Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb. Ticket prices were not available with the concert announcement.

Check the Rupp Arena website for more ticket information, including advance sales.

January 26, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2018) - The Kentucky Department of Parks has announced the temporary closure of the amphitheater at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg to make electrical and structural repairs. State officials recommended these needed repairs during a recent maintenance inspection of the facility.

Similar safety issues were also discovered last month at the amphitheater at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, leading to its temporary closure as well for the protection of both the public and performers.

“As soon as we became aware of the hazardous condition of the amphitheater at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, we sent our inspectors to the amphitheater at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. “What they reported back to us leaves us no other option but to restrict all access to the theater. We are making certain our guests and employees are not exposed to a dangerous environment."

An electrical fire in March 2016, exacerbated by deferred maintenance issues at the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Lodge, shut down portions the park’s lobby and restaurant for 16-months.

“Ensuring the safety of all Kentucky State Park visitors and staff is of utmost importance,” said Donnie Holland, Commissioner of Kentucky State Parks. “We are committed to providing our guests with the best possible experience in a safe, friendly environment.”

The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet is collaborating with state and local elected leaders in Eastern Kentucky and Floyd County to develop a plan to complete repairs and re-open the theater.

In 1964, the amphitheater at Jenny Wiley debuted with a production of the musical, South Pacific. The theater has operated seasonally each year since then. Last year, the Jenny Wiley Amphitheater staged 13 diverse productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tarzan, The Addams Family, Madagascar, and A Christmas Carol.


January 26, 2018

Growing up I had a pretty good home life. I never wanted for anything and never did without. As a child I watched my dad mentally, physically, and emotionally abuse my mother every day. As I got older I knew that I always felt different and would do anything to feel a part of. In high school that led me to smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and smoking weed. At the time I really thought it was the thing to do. It made me feel good. It made me feel important.

When I was a senior in high school I got pregnant and dropped out. I thought my life was over and I would never amount to anything. In 2009, at the age of 18, I had Kennedy and really had no idea what I was going to do. I was in a crazy relationship where I thought I was going to have to spend the rest of my life. I began using pain pills everyday just to deal with the everyday life of a young mother.

From this point my life really began to spiral out of control. I was not only doing drugs, but I was selling them to have some control over other people. I started using a needle and my life got truly miserable. I wanted to die. I hated my life and I felt like there was no way out. I thought I would live this way the rest of my life.

In 2011 I got my first DUI and went to jail for the first time. You would think that would scare me a little bit, but it just added fuel to the fire. I became really careless at this point and ended up with a few different charges. Shoplifting, possession, another DUI, and felony contraband were just a few. I was in jail and they offered me SAP, which is a 6 month substance abuse program in a county jail. That sounded really good to me at that point in my life. I was thinking that was just what I needed. I went to Hardin County Detention Center in Elizabethtown, KY and completing the program.

I came home and wanted to be a mom again. I started going to meetings and doing what I needed to do to stay sober. A couple of months went by and I thought I could actually be a “successful dope head,” whatever that was. I thought I could just use on the weekends and nobody would know. I wouldn’t get out of control. That was definitely not what happened. I used a couple days and was already dope sick, miserable, and back out of control.

This was really hard for me to overcome and cope with, but my daughter was six years old and saved my life. I had overdosed for the second time and she found me with my lips purple and barely breathing. My dad rushed me to the ER where they put me on a ventilator for five days. My family was hurting so badly and praying for me to just come back. I woke up with my daughter by my bed crying for her mommy and hoping I was going to wake up. I really thought I was going to change then. However, I think it just made me worse. The guilt and shame was so unmanageable I didn’t think I would ever be able to look at her the same.

I went back to jail and got sent to Pike County Jail for SAP again. I knew this would be it for me. I was going to stay sober this time. I stayed clean longer than the last time but it still wasn’t enough. I was on probation and thought well, maybe I can’t stay clean. I ended up pregnant and not even knowing until I was already 12 weeks along. My probation officer called me in for a drug test and I thought I would be ok because I always brought somebody else’s urine in so that I could pass the test. That day was different. She knew I was pregnant and she knew I had brought urine, so I wore handcuffs out of the office. Screaming, kicking, and crying I went back to jail. I knew I had really done it this time.

All by the grace of God, I was offered residential treatment at Karen’s Place. I wasn’t really sure about it, but at this point, pregnant and in jail, I was willing to do anything. Did I want to go? No. I was very angry with myself and everybody else that came in contact with me. When I got there I was so broken and had been in such a dark place that I didn’t think I could ever deal with myself. After being there a couple weeks I had surrendered my life to God, and I knew something had changed. I had so much peace within myself. I felt like I had been freed at last. I felt so much joy. I could wake up in the morning and smile and be ok with me.

I never dreamed I could change the old selfish, self-centered me. I have been born again in Christ and I have been redeemed. I have been restored. I continued treatment and went to Karen’s Place Maternity Center. On May 16th, 2017 I had a beautiful, healthy baby girl, Paisley Hope. We stayed there until she was six weeks old. I worked on being a sober mother. We came home and I had an amazing opportunity to intern there. I got to work with broken, pregnant women just like I had been. On January 12, 2018 I celebrated one year sober. In His grace, God brought me out of the pits of hell and blessed me with the beautiful life I have and let me know that I have a purpose. I am a mother today. I pay my bills, take my kids to church, and I know God has a plan for me. He created this beautiful masterpiece and I can now say that I am proud of who I am and who He’s made me to be.

What was your aha moment?

When I realized that God loves me unconditionally and that I was worthy of that love. I didn’t have to live a miserable life anymore out of the lives of my children. I had a purpose.

Feelings and emotions in active addiction:

I was broken, beat down, and depressed. I never thought I was good enough. I just felt like a dark cloud followed me everywhere I went.

The driving force that keeps me going when times get tough

God and prayer. I find such peace in Him. I find peace in church, praising and worshipping the One who set me free. My life today is amazing. I wake up, show up, and I’m who I’m supposed to be, working with people just like me.

Advice for the addict still struggling.

Short term pain for long term happiness. By no means is it easy. It’s going to be hard but once you start to have a clear mind and see that you have a way out, the rest will fall into place.

What obstacles or road blocks have you faced in your recovery?

My relationship with my older daughter. She was there through it all and now she sees who I am today, knowing I’m not sick. Sometimes it’s different and I don’t know what to say. However, she always knows how to brighten my days.

My mother had two strokes and now she doesn’t know who I am half of the time. It’s been really hard for me. She has good days and bad days. No matter what, I’m not giving up on her because she never gave up on me. She always believed in me and I believe in her. I know God is going to heal her just like He healed me.

What is something you want people who never struggled with addiction to know?

Addiction doesn’t discriminate. People are struggling and they need support. They need to know that there is hope. Addiction takes over your life and there’s nothing or no one that you won’t hurt for it. People are hurt, broken, and helpless. They really don’t think there’s another way.

What advice do you have for family members of a person in addiction?

If I can change, anybody can change. I was the worst of the worst. I’d do anything for my next fix regardless of what I had to do to get it or who I had to hurt. Just know that there is hope and anybody can change. God is the Almighty and He made us conquers.

Closing Thoughts

Today I am grateful for the small things. I never forget where I came from. I am so grateful that I have been born again.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please call Addiction Recovery Care at 606.638.0938 or visit them on the web at


There is hope. There is help.


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