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Listen to Chris Stapleton’s country cover of “Nothing Else Matters” for ‘Metallica Blacklist’ album

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Country star Chris Stapleton has released his cover of “Nothing Else Matters” for the upcoming Metallica Blacklist tribute album.

At eight minutes and 14 seconds, Stapleton’s version is even longer than the original, and includes extra guitar solos and an overall vibe perfect for a twilight journey across the American West. You can download the cover now via digital outlets.

Stapleton’s “Nothing Else Matters” follows Phoebe Bridgers‘ rendition, which was released earlier this week, as well as the Miley Cyrus-led recording also featuring Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Elton John, guitarist/producer Andrew Watt, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The Metallica Blacklist, which features 53 artists in total, is due out September 10. It’s being released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Metallica’s 1991 self-titled record, aka The Black Album, which, fittingly, is today.

Meanwhile, Metallica has released an alternative version of “Nothing Else Matters,” featuring only the orchestra, clean guitar and vocals mixes. It’s one of many bonus tracks included on the upcoming deluxe Black Album 30th anniversary reissue. That’ll be released September 10, as well.

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