• ERIC CHURCH TAKES CBS NEWS ON THE ROAD, BEHIND-THE-SCENES.

    LOS ANGELES – (Feb. 5, 2015) – With music’s biggest night approaching, Eric Church gave the folks at CBS a rare behind the scenes look at the 100-plus person production of his wildly popular “The Outsiders World Tour.”

    Camera crews followed the GRAMMY Award-nominated performer and his crew for 24 hours on a recent 220-mile run from Fresno, California, to Los Angeles. They captured the monumental effort it takes to put on the nine-month tour–assembling and tearing down the stage and lighting rig which stage manager Sam Coats called “100,000 pounds of rock your city” and loading it into 14 tractor-trailers after each show–and the difficult 18-plus-hour days crews work to pull it all off.

    “These guys, they’re my family,” Church told CBS’ Mark Strassmann. “They would have my back in any situation and I would have theirs.”

    “The Outsiders World Tour” hits SAP Center in San Jose, California, on Thursday night and then fans can catch Church performing live on the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards this Sunday on CBS. Church heads into Sunday’s show and performance with four nominations, including Best Country Album for “The Outsiders” and Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

    Church told Strassman that his live show is the key to his popularity and that “The Outsiders World Tour” was planned to celebrate with fans. “I felt like this was our moment,” Church said. “… I don’t think we have any of our other success without (touring).” Check the interview out here: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/eric-church-massive-tour-operation-behind-the-scenes/.

    Church will perform at the Houston Rodeo on March 3 and then restart “The Outsiders World Tour” on March 4 at the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Several members of “The Outsiders” tour crew have been with Church for years and he hopes new fans will come out and see what a little teamwork can accomplish.

    “They’ve busted their ass since 7 a.m.,” Church said of his crew, “and they’ve been out there doing what they do. And I feel like when I walk out there, I get to, for them, spike the ball.”

    To buy tickets or learn more about Eric Church, visit www.ericchurch.com orwww.facebook.com/ericchurch and follow @EricChurch on Twitter.

    Video / Eric Church CBS This Morning

  • ERIC CHURCH LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS GRAMMY PERFORMANCE.

    Eric Church has nominations in four categories at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, including Best Country Album (The Outsiders), Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Keith Urban for Keith’s “Raise ‘Em Up.” The North Carolina native also has a coveted performance slot, as well.

    “I think to play that room is, to this point in time in our career, I anticipate would be a highlight, if not THE highlight,” says Eric. “So, I think to be able to go do that is something you always dream about. Something I’ve always dreamed about is playing the Grammys and playing in that room. So, it’s gonna be interesting to see how it goes; kind of nerve-wracking, but I’m looking forward to it.”

    Eric’s wife Katherine is due to give birth to the couple’s second child very, very soon, and he’s hoping the delivery will happen AFTER the GRAMMY Awards.

    “Katherine’s due right around [The Grammys], so it’s gonna be, she’s gotta make it past the Grammys. If she does that (laughs), fingers crossed.”

    The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday (February 8th) on CBS.

    Audio / Eric Church says he’s always dreamed of performing at the GRAMMY Awards.

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    Eric Church (GRAMMYS 2015) 1 OC: …forward to it. :43
    “It’s a little intimidating to think about the GRAMMYS and what it is, but I think the biggest thing for me is I’ve been a big advocate of music without walls and barriers and restraint, and that’s what the GRAMMYS are; that’s what that room is. There’s every genre in there, not just the popular, commercial ones, but all of ‘em – producers, musicians, artists, writers. And I think to play that room is, to this point in time in our career, I anticipate would be a highlight, if not THE highlight. So, I think to be able to go do that is something you always dream about. Something I’ve always dreamed about is playing the GRAMMYS and playing in that room. So, it’s gonna be interesting to see how it goes; kind of nerve-wracking, but I’m looking forward to it.”



    Audio / Eric Church hopes his wife gives birth to their second child AFTER the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday (February 8th).

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    Eric Church (GRAMMYS 2015) 2 OC: …fingers crossed. :08
    “Katherine’s due right around [The Grammys], so it’s gonna be, she’s gotta make it past the Grammys. If she does that (laughs), fingers crossed.”


  • ERIC CHURCH GIVES FANS IN SALT LAKE CITY A VERY SPECIAL SHOW!

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – (Feb. 1, 2015) – Eric Church knows what a bummer it is to have your Saturday night plans ruined by a concert cancelation. So rather than pull the plug last minute on his show in Salt Lake City Saturday night after a stomach bug knocked out most of his band and crew, Church gave the crowd something specialand promised them more to come.
     
    “If you’ve seen our show so far on this tour, you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on right now. Well, so am I,” Church told the crowd. “Here’s the deal: Yesterday we had the stomach flu strike our band, our crew, everyone. We had no one to hang video, lights, nothing. But I’m still here. I’m still standing. We’ve talked about how every show on THE OUTSIDERS TOUR is different. Well, tonight will be the most different one. Shit there’s nobody left. It’s just me. I’m going to give you everything I got.” 

    He then announced he’d be back Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, with a full band, and launched into a mostly solo set alone on a stage built for eight with just his acoustic guitar. He gave his fans a stripped-down performance reminiscent of his days as a scrappy club performer. Back then, Church would give his band a break during their six-hour sets and hold the stage alone.

    Church played acoustic versions of current hits “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Drink In My Hand,” “Cold One” and his most recent No. 1 hit “Talladega.” He also played deep-cut favorites such as “These Boots,” “How ‘Bout You” and “Livin’ Part of Life” from early in his career.  
    Halestorm opened the show with a full 45-minute set. The production and stage were scaled back – only four spotlights and a minimal floor lighting package showcased Church in this unique setting. Guitar players Jeff Hyde, Jeff Cease and Driver Williams joined Church for a few songs and Lzzy Hale came onstage for a remarkable acoustic rendition of “That’s Damn Rock and Roll.” Church worked six mic positions (scaled back from the normal 14), still performing to every section of the 360-degree setup. 

    Saturday’s complete set list is as follows:  
    “Talladega”
    “Drink In My Hand”
    “Guys Like Me”
    “How ‘Bout You”
    “I’m Getting’ Stoned”
    “Creepin’”
    “Like Jesus Does”
    “Cold One”
    “Livin’ Part Of Life”
    “Give Me Back My Hometown”
    “That’s Damn Rock and Roll”
     “Before She Does”
    “Homeboy”
    “These Boots”
    “Like A Wrecking Ball”
    “Jack Daniels”
    “Smoke A Little Smoke”
    “Thunder Road”
    “Springsteen” 

    Fans looking to experience Church’s prowess as a live performer have a unique chance to catch him at the GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The North Carolina native is up for four GRAMMYs, including Best Country Album and Best Country Song, and will play a yet-to-be-announced song on the CBS broadcast.

    THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR returns to the road on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.  
    Supporting acts for the May 25 bonus show in Salt Lake City will be announced at a later date. Fans wishing to attend should hold onto all physical tickets. Those unable to attend that show can seek a full refund at point of purchase beginning Wednesday, Feb. 4, until 5 p.m. day of concert.

    Tickets are available at www.ericchurch.com, all Smith’s Tix outlets, www.smithstix.com, the arena box office or by phone at (800) 888-TIXX or (801) 467-TIXX. To learn more about Church, visit www.facebook.com/ericchurch, or follow @EricChurch on Twitter.  
  • ACM AWARDS NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED.

    The nominations for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, via its social media outlets.
    The awards show will take place April 19th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return to co-host the event.

    Entertainer of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Garth Brooks
    Luke Bryan
    Miranda Lambert
    Florida Georgia Line

    Male Vocalist of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Dierks Bentley
    Luke Bryan
    Eric Church
    Brad Paisley
    Blake Shelton

    Female Vocalist of the Year
    Brandy Clark
    Miranda Lambert
    Martina McBride
    Kacey Musgraves
    Carrie Underwood

    Group of the Year
    Lady Antebellum
    Little Big Town
    Rascal Flatts
    The Band Perry
    Zac Brown Band

    Album of the Year

    Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
    Producer: Michael Knox
    Record Label: Broken Bow Records

    Pain Killer, Little Big Town
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

    Platinum, Miranda Lambert
    Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
    Record Label: RCA Nashville

    Riser, Dierks Bentley
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

    The Outsiders, Eric Church
    Producer: Jay Joyce
    Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

    Vocal Duo of the Year
    Brothers Osborne
    Florida Georgia Line
    Dan + Shay
    Maddie & Tae
    The Swon Brothers

    New Artist of the Year (currently open for fan voting)
    Brett Eldredge
    Tyler Farr
    Sam Hunt
    Kip Moore

    Thomas Rhett
    Chase Rice
    Cole Swindell
    Dan + Shay

    Single Record of the Year (awarded to artist/producers/record company)

    “American Kids” Kenny Chesney
    “Automatic” Miranda Lambert
    “Dirt” Florida Georgia Line
    “Drunk On A Plane” Dierks Bentley
    “I Don’t Dance” Lee Brice

    Vocal Event of the Year
    Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe, Producer: Scott Hendricks, Record Label: Warner Bros. Records
    Meanwhile Back At Mama’s – Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill,  Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw, Record Label: Big Machine Records
    Somethin’ Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood, Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, Record Label: RCA Nashville
    The South – The Cadillac Three Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley & Mike Eli, Producers: Dann Huff, Justin Niebank, Record Label: Big Machine Records
    This Is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan

    Video of the Year
    American Kids – Kenny Chesney. Director: Shaun Silva, Producer: Don Lepore
    Cop Car – Keith Urban, Director: John Urbano, Producer: Michelle Abnet
    Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley, Director: Wes Edwards, Producer: Clarke Gallivan
    I’m Not Gonna Miss You – Glen Campbell, Director: James Keach, Producer: Julian Raymond
    Somethin’ Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood, Director: Trey Fanjoy, Producer: Trent Hardville

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet talks about his hopes for Pain Killer.

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    LBT (hopes for Pain Killer) 2 OC: …test of time. :24
    PHILLIP: “Winning awards and having success, commercial success with Tornado, I think, gave us a bigger platform, and for me, I hope that platform – I’m really proud that we made Painkiller, because it’s the best thing we’ve ever done and that we have a platform to share it on is amazing. So, I think we wanted to step up to the challenge and know there’s a great platform here, what are we going to put on it? And we wanted something to stand the test of time.”

     

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves is passionate about her song, “Follow Your Arrow.”

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    Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow) 2 OC: …accepting other people. :43
    “I get like fired up when I talk about this song, because it’s so fun to play and it’s always interesting. I’m always wary whenever I play it a little bit because it does push some buttons, but people young and old seem to get a kick out of it and just appreciate that fact that like I’m showing love to people who don’t usually get that in our genre. And, too, it’s just funny because no matter what side of the coin you’re on, gay, straight, left, right, black, white, anything, I mean there’s always going to be an opposing opinion so it doesn’t matter. Like society is going to have an opinion either way. You’re never going to make society happy completely. I mean if you’re too fat, then you need to lose weight, but if you lose too much weight, then oh, she’s on crack. It’s just about being who are and accepting other people.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley says his ACM-nominated album Riser is a snapshot of his life at the moment.

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    Dierks Bentley (Riser snapshot) OC: …decided for me. :45
    “I think every record I’ve made has always been a little bit of a Polaroid snapshot of where I was at that place and time when I made it. This particular album just has a lot of scenery in the picture. I mean there’s a lot that’s gone on in the last two years, more so than any other time in my life. You look at some of the bookends of the making of this record – my Dad passing away at the start of the process and then my son Knox being born at the end of the process. It was unexpected…when I made this record I just wanted to have the best songs. I wasn’t sure what they were going to be about, but I wanted them to be the best. I wanted to write my best songs, I wanted to write a lot of songs. I wanted to listen to a lot of outside songs and find the best songs that I could for whatever I was going to write about, but I wasn’t sure what it was gonna be, and then life came along and decided for me.”

    Audio / Eric Church says the story of his ACM-nominated “Give Me Back My Hometown,’ appeals to him as a songwriter.

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    Eric Church (Give Me Back My Hometown) OC: …songwriter. :41
    “I love that it’s about ‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ but it’s about a guy that’s still in his hometown. He’s in the most familiar place, the place he knows better than anything, but because his female lover left him there, all those places that he knows so well, become so haunting and foreign to him. The loneliness and sadness of it, it’s one of the sadder songs we’ve ever done. To be at the place that you grow up at that is your home, and the person that left you there took that from you, there’s nothing lonelier than that. So, I love that dichotomy of ‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ when the person’s in it, they’re standing in it, and that appealed to me as a songwriter.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about one of his favorite songs on the album, “Drink a Beer.”

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    Luke Bryan (Drink a Beer) OC: …the album. :50
    “‘Drink a Beer’ is the best way I can describe it is — it’s the coolest sad song I’ve ever heard.  It’s the saddest sad song you’ve ever heard but it’s like it could be played at any really environment and you’re not going to tank the mood. You’re just going to make people reflect and the perfect way you’re going to make them revert back to somebody that they lost, whether it’s their granddad that they used to sit on a boat and drink a beer with. It’s whoever in your life that you’ve lost that you would have shared a beer with, and I think it’s just a perfectly written sad song, and it’s one of those that I’m honored that it found its way to me and I’m honored that it can be on the album.”


  • GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF KEITH URBAN’S LATEST SINGLE, ‘RAISE ‘EM UP,’ FEATURING ERIC CHURCH.

    Check out the behind-the-scenes of Keith Urban‘s latest single, “Raise ‘Em Up,” which features pal and labelmate Eric Church. The song is from Keith’s latest album, Fuse.

    Video / Raise 'Em Up -- Behind the Song

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  • ERIC CHURCH TOPS THE COUNTRY CHARTS WITH ‘TALLADEGA.’

    Eric Church is celebrating his fourth No. 1 hit, “Talladega,” as it tops the country charts this week. The song, which is from his latest album The Outsiders, was a song he knew would strike a chord with fans after he and Luke Laird co-wrote it.

    “I knew it was one that would just resonate with people. It did with me, so I knew if it resonated with me, that it would probably resonate with other people,” says Eric. “It’s been neat to watch it continue to grow and to watch people gravitate to it, their stories, and attach their life to the song. That’s what it’s all about is getting them to attach their life to it.”

    Eric is nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Country Album of the Year for The Outsiders, Country Song and Country Solo Performance of the Year for “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Country Group/Duo Performance of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” withKeith Urban.

    Audio / Eric Church says he knew “Talladega” would resonate with people.

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    Eric Church (Talladega hit) OC: …life to it. :36
    “The thing with ‘Talladega’ too, I remember when we finished The Outsiders, ironically, there’s only a couple of songs on that album that I really felt pretty good about – ‘Talladega’ is one of them, from a commercial standpoint, because I just knew it would strike a chord. I knew it was one that would just resonate with people. It did with me, so I knew if it resonated with me, that it would probably resonate with other people. So, for that one, it’s been neat to watch it continue to grow and to watch people gravitate to it, their stories and attach their life to the song. That’s what it’s all about is getting them to attach their life to it.”

     

  • ERIC CHURCH’S ‘TALLADEGA’ CONNECTS TO LIFE’S MOMENTS.

    Eric Church is riding high on the country charts with his latest single, “Talladega.” The song, which uses NASCAR references, isn’t about racing, but about taking you back to a specific period of time that was more carefree.

    “I think that’s the most interesting thing about the song is it’s about life, and it’s about freezing life and wishing you could freeze life, and we all wish we could do that,” says Eric. “Really what the best of music is what it does is it transports you back to that time and that place that you wish you could’ve frozen, and in a way you can, because the song does. And it takes you back to when you were that age.”

    “Talladega,” which is from Eric’s platinum-selling album The Outsiders, is sitting at No. 2 on the country charts.

    Audio / Eric Church says the most interesting thing about his latest single, “Talladega,” is it’s about life.

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    Eric Church (Talladega connects) OC: …me of it. :32
    “I think that’s the most interesting thing about the song is it’s about life, and it’s about freezing life and wishing you could freeze life, and we all wish we could do that. Really what the best of music is what it does is it transports you back to that time and that place that you wish you could’ve frozen, and in a way you can, because the song does. And it takes you back to when you were that age. So, for me, I’ve had a few experiences like that that will stand out forever, and it usually involves music in some way that reminds me of it.”

     

    Video / Eric Church Talladega video

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  • KEITH URBAN RAISES ONE UP WITH ERIC CHURCH.

    Keith Urban’s new single is “Raise ‘Em Up,” featuring his pal Eric Church. The song, the latest release from Fuse, was sent to Keith with the headline – “Song of the Year.” While that could be construed as a bit overly confident, it also could be the truth seeing the tune’s writers are Jeffrey Steele (“The Cowboy in Me,” “I’m Tryin’,” “What Hurts the Most”), Tom Douglas (“The House That Built Me,” “Little Rock,” “I Run to You,” “Southern Voice”) and Jaren Johnston (“You Gonna Fly,” “Beachin’”).

    “I felt this song was such a journey and a deeply American aspect to this song too, particularly in the second verse,” says Keith. “What ‘Raise Em-Up’ can mean, all the various things that that phrase can mean; it’s such a cinematic song, and I’ve always considered Eric as a cinematic artist, and I sent him the song and he was in the studio immediately. I am so glad he wanted to be a part of it because it took the song to a new place.”

    The song will begin hitting the airwaves January 26th. In the meantime, you can catch Keith as a judge on FOX-TV’s American Idol on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about “Raise ‘Em Up,” a song featuring pal Eric Church.

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    Keith Urban (Raise ‘Em Up-Church) 2 OC: …new place. 1:04
    “It’s not a duet, but it hit me that this might be a good song for us to do as a duet because it’s an extraordinary song to begin with. When I got sent it, it got sent under the heading of ‘Song of the Year,’ and I thought, well that’s a tall order for a song. Then I saw the writers Jeffery Steele, Tom Douglas, and Jaren Johnston, and I went, ‘Okay we’ve got some pretty stout writers on this song.’ The lyric is just absolutely extraordinary, and all the things ‘Raise Em-Up’ can apply to. I felt this song was such a journey and a deeply American aspect to this song too, particularly in the second verse. And what ‘Raise Em-Up’ can mean, all the various things that that phrase can mean; it’s such a cinematic song, and I’ve always considered Eric as a cinematic artist, and I sent him the song and he was in the studio immediately. I am so glad he wanted to be a part of it because it took the song to a new place.”



  • ERIC CHURCH ANNOUNCES MORE DATES FOR THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR.

    NASHVILLE – (Jan. 12, 2015) — After closing out 2014 with country music’s top-selling album, the Platinum-certified and genre-busting The OutsidersEric Church storms in to 2015 with four GRAMMY nominations (Best Country Album for The Outsiders, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Give Me Back My Hometown” and Best Country Group/Duo Performance for “Raise ‘Em Up with Keith Urban) and an expansion of his successful The Outsiders World Tour into the spring. The new tour dates stretch from Tampa, FL to Vancouver, BC and includes Austin, Boston, Cincinnati, Lexington, Jacksonville, Newark, Raleigh, Seattle, Washington DC and more.
    Each stop will include one special guest for the new leg of The Outsiders World Tour, varying to include diverse artists as Brothers Osborne, Drive-By-Truckers, JD McPherson, and The Cadillac Three.  The Lone Bellow will also be a special guest on several dates to be announced soon.
    “Eric Church is our greatest working rock star” proclaimed Stereogum, referring to Church as “…. a down-home everyman whose conversational vocal delivery surges into something huge when it needs to and who comes off as a perfectly genuine human being even when leading the choreographed rigors of an arena show. And holy shit, he has songs.” The Philadelphia Inquirer described “how superior the North Carolina artist is, in style and substance, to other big-name pop-country acts packing sports venues these days,” while The Memphis Commercial Appeal predicted, “at this level, and on the strength of an album as sharp as The Outsiders, Church is arguably both the mainstream country artist of the year and the mainstream rock artist of the year and his show made a case for that blend….” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announced “…he’s a contender for the new Boss of his genre. That genre is country, but this late bloomer from North Carolina is the kind of Southern rocker who will ‘Pledge Allegiance to the Hag’ (as in Merle Haggard) while also splashing some of Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’ into the intro to ‘I’m Gettin’ Stoned.’”
    The first thirteen dates will go on sale this Friday, Jan 16, at 10:00 a.m. in each market. These dates are:
    3/4/15              Austin, TX | Frank Erwin Center **
    3/10/15            Washington, DC | Verizon Center **
    3/18/15            Ft. Wayne, IN | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum **
    3/28/15            Tampa, FL | Amalie Arena***
    4/7/15              Grand Forks, ND | Ralph Engelstad Arena *
    4/8/15              Winnipeg, MB | MTS Centre *
    4/10/15            Saskatoon, SK | SaskTel Centre *
    4/11/15            Calgary, AB | Scotiabank Saddledome *
    4/12/15            Edmonton, AB | Rexall Place *
    4/14/15            Vancouver, BC | Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena *
    4/15/15            Seattle, WA | KeyArena at Seattle Center *
    4/24/15            Hampton, VA | Hampton Coliseum ****
    Opening Acts
    (*)             Brothers Osborne
    (**)           Drive-By Truckers
    (***)         The Cadillac Three
    (****)       JD McPherson
    The following dates are also announced, with on-sale dates and opening acts to be revealed soon:
    3/12/15            Albany, NY | Times Union Center
    3/13/15            Wilkes-Barre, PA | Mohegan Sun Arena
    3/19/15            Bloomington, IL | U.S. Cellular Coliseum
    3/20/15            Rosemont, IL | Allstate Arena
    3/21/15            Cincinnati, OH | U.S. Bank Arena
    3/26/15            Tallahassee, FL | Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
    3/27/15            Jacksonville, FL | Veterans Memorial Arena
    4/23/15            Raleigh, NC | PNC Arena
    4/30/15            Boston, MA | TD Garden Arena
    5/1/15              Buffalo, NY | First Niagara Center
    5/2/15              Newark, NJ | Prudential Center
    5/7/15              Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
    5/8/15              Columbus, MO | Mizzou Arena
    6/12/15            Orange Beach, AL | Amphitheater at the Wharf
    8/27/15            Syracuse, NY | New York State Fair
    Church returned to the road last week with powerhouse performances in New Orleans, LA (1/8), Tupelo, MS (1/9), and Nashville, TN (1/10) where his audience of 18,411 fans set a new event attendance record for the Bridgestone Arena. Catch him this week in Oklahoma City, OK (1/14), Las Vegas (1/16 and 1/17), and San Diego (1/18).
    Church’s current album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and theBillboard Country Albums Chart earlier this year, featuring his No. 1 hit “Give Me Back My Hometown” and his current single “Talladega.” The Outsiders is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified album Chief, (named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album) which featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million singles); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 singles each); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of two million singles). Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified. Carolina had three hit singles: the Top 10 “Hell on the Heart” as well as Top 20 hit “Smoke A Little Smoke” and Top 10 smash “Love Your Love The Most,” which were both certified Gold. Sinners Like Me spawned three Top 20 singles: “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.”
    Brothers Osborne
    Two sons from a working class family, John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small, Maryland water town. They spent most nights not in front of the television, but writing and playing songs for friends and family in their father’s shed. John (guitar) moved to Nashville first to play in other bands and two years later, TJ (vocals/guitar) joined him. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne and in April 2011 they signed with Warner Chappell/King Pen Music for publishing followed by a deal with Capitol Records a year later. Their blue-collar rural Maryland upbringing still informs the music they make as a twang-and-crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. Their latest single “Rum” was named one of the top country songs of 2014 byBillboard as well as Rolling Stone and Nashville Lifestyles recently named them one of the Top 25 Artists to Watch in 2015. They are currently in the studio finishing their debut album set to release in 2015.
    Drive-By Truckers
    Rolling Stone called the Drive-By Truckers “the boldest ‘n’ baddest Southern band in the land.” Throughout their twelve highly acclaimed albums, the Truckers have surveyed the modern South with a complex blend of realism-tempered pride and compassionate but uncompromising analysis. Their latest album, English Oceans, finds the group refreshed and firing on all cylinders. Both Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood penned songs independently that dovetailed brilliantly with each other on English Oceans, originating in a truly collaborative effort that the band has never utilized before. The album was recorded with a compact, retooled lineup. Jay Gonzalez, who joined the band in 2008 as keyboardist, stepped into an expanded role by adding guitar to his duties, while bassist Matt Patton was drafted from the Tuscaloosa group The Dexateens. The band hit the road non stop in 2014 and brought their live show to an all new level which was recently recorded over three nights at The Fillmore in San Francisco and will be released as a live album in 2015.
    JD McPherson
    JD McPherson’s new single, “Let The Good Times Roll,” premiered recently at The Wall Street Journal and can now be heard/shared via SoundCloud. The song is the title track to McPherson’s highly anticipated new album, which will be released February 10 on Rounder Records. Already receiving widespread critical acclaim, the album was recently included in World Café’s 2015 Music Preview. Of the music, Ann Powers praises, “There are people who imitate and people who work within that genre…that become original. And I really think that JD is doing that with his band…” This new music follows McPherson’s widely praised 2012 debut, Signs and Signifiers, which resulted in McPherson’s selection as a Rolling Stone “Artist to Watch,” an NPR Music “Artist You Should Know” and a WXPN “Artist to Watch.” He was also awarded “Best Rock/Hard Rock Album” at the 2012 Independent Music Awards.
    The Cadillac Three
    The Cadillac Three is a high-energy trio who describes their sound as “country fuzz.” Composed of three Nashville natives – Jaren Johnston (Guitar & Lead Vocals), Kelby Ray (Bass Steel Guitar, Dobro, Acoustic & Vocals) and Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Vocals) – all three guys have weathered wild adventures as a country group with a rockin’ edge. They have opened for acts like ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church and Eli Young Band. Johnston is known for penning Keith Urban’s No. 1 smash “You Gonna Fly,” two new cuts on Tim McGraw’s latest record Two Lanes of Freedom, and several other tunes for acts like Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Sara Evans and Dierks Bentley.
    The Lone Bellow
    Then Came the Morning, the second album by the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio The Lone Bellow due out Jan. 27, opens with a crest of churchly piano, a patter of drums, and a fanfare of voices harmonizing like a sunrise. It’s a powerful introduction, enormous and overwhelming, as Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin testify mightily to life’s great struggles and joys, heralding the morning that dispels the dark night. Working with producer Aaron Dessner of the National, the Lone Bellow has created a sound that mixes folk sincerity, gospel fervor, even heavy metal thunder, but the heart of the band is harmony: three voices united in a lone bellow. Then Came the Morning is the follow-up to the group’s critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album which was released in 2013.
    To buy tickets or learn more about Eric Church, visit www.ericchurch.com andwww.facebook.com/ericchurch, or follow @EricChurch on Twitter.
  • ERIC CHURCH SHATTERS NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA ATTENDANCE RECORD.

    NASHVILLE, TN. (Saturday, January 10, 2015) – Eric Church took the stage Saturday night (January 10th) in Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena demanding, once again, that the fans pay attention, crackling “Nashville, I have high expectations for you. I live here!” And the 18,411 fans in attendance at The Outsiders World Tour roared letting their ‘Chief’ know they were right there with him for the night. Church’s record-breaking crowd shatters the venue’s highest attended event, The Blue Collar Comedy Tour, set on Feb. 16, 2006.

    This news comes on the heels of Church’s achievement as the top-selling and highest-selling album debut of 2014 with his RIAA Platinum certified The Outsiders and four GRAMMY nominations including Best Country Song for his third No. 1, “Give Me Back My Hometown,” and Best Country Album — bringing his career tally to seven.

    Nashville’s The Scene dubbed Church a “modern country troubadour,” and tonight’s show lived up to that moniker with a set list varying across his 2006 critically-acclaimed debut Sinners Like Me to 2009’s Carolina and deep album cuts from his 2011 commercial breakthrough Chief. Church kicked off the night with the title track to his latest album, “The Outsiders,” but allowed the crowd in Nashville to feel like an insider as he reveled in the ups and downs depicted through the characters portrayed across his vast catalogue.

    Church will continue The Outsiders World Tour on Wed., January 14 in Oklahoma City, OK at the Ford Center. To purchase ticket or learn more about Eric Church, visit www.ericchurch.com and www.facebook.com/ericchurch, or follow @EricChurch on Twitter.