Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey (Chords)

Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey (Chords)

I like to keep it pretty varied on Uke Hunt but I think this is the first modern, mainstream country song I’ve written up. That’s thanks to the dominance of formulaic, disingenuous bro-country. But with its 6/8 time signature, southern soul influenced vocals and Albatrossy guitar work (the two songs have the same relative chord progression as well) Tenneesee Whiskey makes for a very nice change of pace.

UPDATE: Thanks to Dea for pointing out the song was written in the 80s by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove and was first a hit for George Jones. So there still isn’t a modern, mainstream country song I like.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this strum almost all the time:

d – d u d –

The only time you need to mix it up is on the short Asus4 chord. There I use:

d u – u d –

Together they sound like this:


Twiddley Bits

Here’s tab for a uke version of the Albatrossy intro:



This is one of those cases where transposing from guitar to ukulele is very easy. If a line is played on the E- and A-strings of the guitar (i.e. the bottom two) then you can transfer them directly to the E- and A-strings of the ukulele.


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  1. Linda March 30th, 2016 2:57 pm

    This is wonderful……thanks so very much…..I received Mr Stapleton’s cd for Christmas….and the “bits” that you add are fabulous…..and the theory that you add … is all so very helpful and……I am over the moon happy!!!! Linda

  2. Woodshed March 30th, 2016 5:22 pm

    Linda: Glad you like it!

  3. Donna Besser Stone March 30th, 2016 10:59 pm

    Where’s the ukulele? Otherwise, this seems more like an advertisement or public relations pice for this guy.

  4. Woodshed March 30th, 2016 11:01 pm

    Donna: Huh? Most of the chords and tabs I post are for non-ukulele songs. And usually I post them because I enjoy the song so I say nice things about them.

  5. Laurie March 31st, 2016 7:33 pm

    Oh, I just downloaded this song a couple weeks ago. So excited to try getting it straight on my uke! Thank you!

  6. Woodshed March 31st, 2016 10:38 pm

    Laurie: You’re very welcome! Enjoy playing it.

  7. Frank April 1st, 2016 1:46 pm

    Oh Lordy.
    I must have been living under a rock.
    I’d never heard of Chris Stapleton until you posted this.
    This is wonderful.
    Keep up the good work and keep educating us!

  8. Woodshed April 1st, 2016 7:32 pm

    Frank: Very glad I could turn you on to him.

  9. Chris April 3rd, 2016 6:43 am

    Love this song. It’s an earworm generator every time I hear it! I’m so pleased to find your chords and tabs as it translates well to a ukelele. The intro tab is especially nice.
    Now…can you help with tabs to the awesome solo that follows the second chorus?

  10. Woodshed April 3rd, 2016 9:30 am

    Chris: Thanks! Sorry, no plans to write up the solo.

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