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:


Strum

Twiddley Bits

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

TennesseeWhiskeyIntro


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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10 Comments

  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 …..it 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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