JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Country music star Chris Stapleton will return to the Bluegrass Thursday to host a free concert at the Johnson Central High School.
People in Eastern Kentucky say they've waited a long time for the Johnson County native to perform in his hometown of Paintsville.
"I've been here a long time and I remember when Chris was in school and for him to make it big and come back and do this for our community is just fantastic," said Tim Adams, Director of District Operations.
In addition tonight's free concert, school officials say Stapleton gave a surprise donation of $60,000 to the Johnson Central band. They also say he plans on performing for students during the school day.
Stapleton is currently celebrating a breakout year with the release of his debut album, "Traveller."
He has also won numerous awards. He took home three at the Country Music Awards: Best Male Vocalist, Best New Artist, and Album of the Year. He follow that by winning two Grammy Awards: Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Album.
While the American Country Music Award's have yet to take place, Stapleton has already been declared winner of the New Male Vocalist of the Year award.
The free tickets for Stapleton's concert were handed out earlier this month. Once they were gone, additional tickets were made available for purchase. However, many names had to be placed on a waiting list because of the high demand.
School officials say doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.