Watch Chris Stapleton deliver a fierce performance of Watch You Burn with a Squier Baritone Jazzmaster at the 2022 ACM Awards

Chris Stapleton
(Image credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ACM)

Last night (March 7), Chris Stapleton treated the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards audience to a devastating rendition of his 2020 track Watch You Burn, which was penned as an open letter to the gunman who opened fire on music fans at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival.

The incident resulted in the death of 60 people, and remains the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Stapleton’s track, written in response to the tragedy, was released as part of his 2020 record, Starting Over.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.