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Chris Stapleton performs “White Horse” and “Mountains of My Mind”

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Chris Stapleton returned to Saturday Night Live to perform a few songs from his latest album.

The 45-year-old country star made his third appearance as a musical guest alongside host Ryan Gosling during the iconic sketch comedy show on April 13.

Stapleton, wearing his signature straw cowboy, opened with a show-stopping performance of the bluesy “White Horse,” co-produced by his wife Morgane Stapleton, who provided backing vocals and tambourine onstage. “White Horse” appears on Stapleton’s fifth studio album, released in 2023. Higherand was co-written with Dan Wilson of Semisonic. The song also won Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 2024 ceremony in February.

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The country star returned for a passionate performance of “Mountains of My Mind,” which serves as the closing track Higher.

Higher was produced by Stapleton with Morgane Stapleton and Dave Cobb and recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville. The 14-song set includes works by Cobb (acoustic guitar, eclectic guitar), JT Cure (bass), Paul Franklin (pedal steel) and Derek Mixon (drums), Morgane (backing vocals, synthesizer, tambourine) and Lee Pardini (organ, Piano). The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Stapleton last took the Studio 8H stage in 2018, when he joined fellow singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson for surprise performances of “Midnight Train to Memphis” and “Hard Livin.” Both tracks appeared on Stapleton's third album From a Room: Volume 2. .

Check out Stapleton's SNL Performances below. For those without cable, the broadcast will be streamed on Peacock, which you can sign up for using the link here. With a Peacock account, fans also get access to previous content SNL episodes.

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