• ERIC CHURCH CELEBRATES PLATINUM ALBUM AND NO. 1 ‘TALLADEGA.’

    Eric Church was feted at a party on Monday at Nashville’s hot spot, ACME, to celebrate the No. 1 success for “Talladega,” which he wrote with Luke Laird, as well as a platinum certification for his latest album, The Outsiders. He was also presented with a plaque for his debut album, Sinners Like Me, which finally went gold.

    He’s now on the country charts with two songs — his own Like a Wrecking Ball from The Outsiders, and he’s also featured on Keith Urban‘s “Raise ‘Em Up.”

    Audio / At the party celebrating both his recent No. 1 “Talladega” and platinum status of The Outsiders, Eric Church says it’s about finding the connection with people.

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  • ERIC CHURCH BREAKS VENUE ATTENDANCE RECORD AT CHICAGO’S ALLSTATE ARENA.

    Chicago, Illinois (March 21, 2015)– Fleetwood Mac christened the building on March 14, 1980 and throughout its history Rosemont, Illinois’ now-dubbed Allstate Arena has housed some of the greatest names in entertainment. Everyone from The Allman Brothers to The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band to The Eagles and McCartney have fashioned the arena a touring mainstay in America’s heartland, but last night (March 20,2015), and nearly 35 years to the day since its opening,  7-time GRAMMY nominee Eric Church set the new bar for live concert attendance with 18,626 fervent fans assembled for his The Outsiders World Tour. 
     
    “Our journey in the city started in 2005 for about 20 people on Weed Street at a place called Joe’s Bar. Those 20 were loud and proud, and they turned this thing into damn near 20,000,” a tireless Church professed.
     
    The arena’s previous record was set in 2007 by Vicente Fernández with 18,452 in attendance, as verified by Allstate Arena Executive Director, Patrick Nagle. 
     
    The Outsiders World Tour features a 360-degree stage configuration allowing for optimal fan engagement on the floor and in the aptly-named “Choir Loft” surrounding the stage so fans to have the upmost personal, insider experience with the Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year nominated entertainer. 
     
    The tour has become known not only for its crowds but also for its varied set list which spanned nearly two-and-a-half hours last night. 
     
    March 20, 2015 Set List: 
    The Outsiders
    Creepin’
    Guys Like Me
    Carolina
    Lotta Boot Left to Fill
    How ‘Bout You
    Talladega
    Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
    Drink In My Hand
    Jack Daniels
    Wrecking Ball
    Cold One
    That’s Damn Rock & Roll
    Give Me Back My Hometown
    Homeboy
    Dark Side
    Devil, Devil 
    Country Music Jesus
    Smoke A Little Smoke
    Can’t Take It With You When You Go
    Livin’ Part of Life
    What I Almost Was
    The Ballad of Curtis Loew
    Like Jesus Does
    Longer Gone
    These Boots
    Springsteen
    A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young
     
    Church continues The Outsiders World Tour on March 26 in Tallahassee, Florida at the Leon Country Civic Center. Fans can also tune in on Sunday, April 19 to CBS to see Church perform on the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards at 7p CT/8ET. To buy tickets or learn more about Eric Church, visit www.EricChurch.com and Facebook.com/EricChurch, or follow at@EricChurch on Twitter.
  • ERIC CHURCH HITS THE AIRWAVES WITH HOT NEW SINGLE, ‘LIKE A WRECKING BALL.’

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (Mar. 11, 2015) – Following his fourth No. 1, the hit “Talladega,” Eric Church and EMI Records have released “Like a Wrecking Ball” as the next single from his GRAMMY, CMA and ACM nominated The Outsiders, which was the top-selling country music album of 2014.  The song was written by Church and Casey Beathard, and produced by Jay Joyce.

    Grantland describes “Like a Wrecking Ball” as “a sultry soul number with bedroom eyes and great Booker T.-style organ licks” which Spin Magazine refers to as “…a slinky [legendary R&B producer] Tony Camillo groove.” AllMusic.com states it delivers “slow-burning Southern soul…”

    Church is nominated for four Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards this year: Album of the Year for The Outsiders, Male Vocalist of the Year, and double nominations (as artist and songwriter along with Luke Laird) for Song of the Year for his No.1 hit “Give Me Back My Hometown.”  He was recently announced as a performer on “The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards,” airing live on Sunday, Apr. 19 from 8:00-11:30 PM/EDT on the CBS Television Network.

    Church is currently on the road with The Outsiders World Tour performing this week on Mar. 12 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY and Mar. 12 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre, Penn.

    For tour dates, ticket information, and more, visit www.EricChurch.com.
  • ERIC CHURCH HITS RADIO WITH ‘LIKE A WRECKING BALL.’

    Eric Church’s latest single, “Like a Wrecking Ball,” is probably one of the sexiest songs to hit the airwaves in a long time. The song is about the physical intimacy between two adults, and Church makes no apologies for telling you exactly what’s up…so to speak.

    “I hate innuendo. I don’t like where people get cute. I’m 36 years old. I’m not 12. I don’t need people to disguise what we’re talking about. I think we can get so cute with stuff like that. Al Green didn’t get cute. Conway Twitty didn’t get cute. They said it. We’re adults, and this is an adult record. We’ve always made adult music,” Eric explained when The Outsiders album was released. “I like songs like that, and that’s what this song is. This song is about sex. It’s about not being home to see your wife or girl for a long time, and thinking about that, preparing for that and executing that [laughs] is what this song’s about. It has nothing to do with anything else.”

    Church, who became a father for the second time last month, continues The Outsiders World Tour this week. He takes his “Wrecking Ball” to Washington, D.C. Tuesday (March 10th).

    Audio / Eric Church says “Like a Wrecking Ball” is absolutely about what it says in the song.

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    Eric Church (Like a Wrecking Ball) OC: …their life. :49
    “I hate innuendo. I don’t like where people get cute. I’m 36 years old. I’m not 12. I don’t need people to disguise what we’re talking about. I think we can get so cute with stuff like that. Al Green didn’t get cute. Conway Twitty didn’t get cute. They said it. We’re adults, and this is an adult record. We’ve always made adult music. I like songs like that, and that’s what this song is. This song is about sex. It’s about not being home to see your wife or girl for a long time, and thinking about that, preparing for that and executing that [laughs] is what this song’s about. It has nothing to do with anything else. I mean…that’s what it is, and the honesty of that, I hope people find refreshing, because I’ve not found anybody that hasn’t felt that at some point in time during their life.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Like a Wrecking Ball)

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    LINER Hey everybody, this is Eric Church, and here’s my latest single, ‘Like a Wrecking Ball.’

  • LUKE, CHURCH, DIERKS, LADY A, AJ, LBT, DARIUS, KEITH AND SAM HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AS PERFORMERS FOR THIS YEAR’S CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL.

    NASHVILLE – CMA Music Festival will be the hottest concert destination of the summer with today’s announcement that Country Music superstars Jason AldeanDierks BentleyLuke BryanEric Church,Brett EldredgeFlorida Georgia LineSam Hunt,Alan JacksonLady AntebellumLittle Big Town,Neal McCoyOak Ridge BoysBrad PaisleyRascal FlattsThomas RhettDarius RuckerCole Swindell,The Band PerryKeith UrbanWynonna & The Big Noise, and Zac Brown Band will each take the stage during the Nightly Concerts at LP Field. The 2015 CMA Music Festival takes place Thursday, June 11-Sunday, June 14 in downtown Nashville.

    Subscribers to CMA Exclusive, CMA’s e-newsletter, were the first to learn about the star-studded lineup Wednesday morning.

    “CMA Music Festival is all about the fan experience,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “Our fans snapped up LP Field tickets at a record pace, and we wanted to reward that loyalty by sharing this exciting lineup with them first this morning.”  

    While the relationship between artists and fans is the foundation for the event, CMA Music Festival benefits music education programs for children in need. Wednesday morning, Thomas Rhett welcomed guests to Nashville Children’s Theatre for a performance of “Jack’s Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical,” which was funded by a $10,000 grant from the CMA Foundation from the 2014 CMA Music Festival. Threats of snow in Nashville prevented a majority of students from attending, but he warmly greeted the enthusiastic crowd.

    “When I was little I was in a play called ‘A Christmas Carol’. I was Scrooge,” Thomas Rhett told the student-filled crowd. “Music education was super important for me, and today was a good reminder of how neat it is to see the Country Music community band together to help give back to that through CMA Fest.”

    The CMA Foundation presents grants on behalf of the artists who perform at CMA Music Festival each year for free and has donated more than $11 million to music education initiatives across the country since 2006.

    Tickets to the Nightly Concerts at LP Field sold out in November. Across the river from the stadium, there are countless free and low-cost entertainment options for fans around downtown Nashville as part of the CMA Music Festival. Seven free entertainment stages give fans an opportunity to choose their musical adventure, including the hugely popular Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, which consistently fills the Cumberland riverbank each of the four days.

    AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X at Music City Center moves the CMA Music Festival party inside, with musical performances on three stages, artist interactions, meet-and-greets, shopping and other unique fan experiences. Tickets to AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X are available now atCMAfest.com (AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X admission is included in four-day CMA Music Festival tickets). AT&T U-verse Fan Fair X tickets are $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass.

    The Nightly Concerts will be taped for a three-hour prime time special airing later this summer on the ABC Television Network.

    For upcoming talent announcements and all other info stay connected with CMA on Facebook.com/CMA,Twitter.com/CountryMusicInstagram.com/CMA, and sign up for CMA Exclusive, CMA’s e-newsletter. Fans can also download the 2015 CMA Music Festival mobile app foriPhone or Android to view the latest artist lineups and to plan their festival experience.

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  • ERIC CHURCH TO HOST THE OUTSIDERS SHOW ON SIRIUSXM.

    NEW YORK–February 27, 2015–SiriusXM announced today in an exclusive story with USAToday.com that CMA and ACM award winner Eric Church will host Outsiders Radio, a monthly radio show on SiriusXM’s The Highway.
    Outsiders Radio will explore the country music singer/songwriter’s personal music influences and play his current favorites. Church will also play exclusive, never before heard music from his own archives. The premiere episode of Outsiders Radio will celebrate the one year anniversary of the release of his groundbreaking album, The Outsiders, and play two exclusive tracks that were not released on the album.
    Outsiders Radio will air on the last Friday of every month starting today, Friday, February 27 at 10:00 pm ET via satellite on The Highway channel 56 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. The show will also be rebroadcast on Mondays at 12:00 am ET and Wednesdays at 11:00 pm ET. 
    After the broadcast, Outsiders Radio will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more info about SiriusXM On Demand.
    The Highway plays new country music. Listeners will hear music from Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood.
    Church’s current album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard Country Albums Chart in February 2014 and has since garnered GRAMMY, ACM and CMA top album nominations. The Outsiders features his No. 1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega” and is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified 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.”
     For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.  

     

  • ERIC CHURCH IS READY FOR SECOND CHILD TO ARRIVE.

    Eric Church and his wife Katerine are expecting to welcome their second child – a boy – any minute, and they’re excited about him joining their family, including three-year-old Boone. Eric says his oldest son has prepared him to be a parent.

    “I think Boone has prepared us for what parenting is – being a parent. Especially early on, the stuff with Boone was so foreign, and we were so stressed out about it. We’re not as much this time” says Church. “I think the good part of that is we kind of know what to expect, you know, and what that’s gonna be. So, it’ll be interesting to see how different they are and get to meet him and see where the differences lie AND the similarities between the two.”

    Church is getting ready to hit the airwaves with his latest single, “Like a Wrecking Ball,” from The Outsiders album.

    Audio / Eric Church and his wife Katherine are expecting their second child any day now, and their son, Boone, has prepared them for the new arrival.

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    Eric Church (Boone has prepared for second child) OC: …between the two. :43
    “I think Boone has prepared us for what parenting is – being a parent. Especially early on, the stuff with Boone was so foreign, and we were so stressed out about it. We’re not as much this time. I told Katherine the other day, I almost felt bad because the baby is moving a lot in her stomach. It’s almost like an alien, like you’ll see a foot come out of her belly, you know. With Boone, it was so new and now, it’s just like, ‘yeah.’ I don’t really take it for granted, but I’m kinda going, ‘Yeah, we’ve done it once before.’ And I think the good part of that is we kind of know what to expect, you know, and what that’s gonna be. So, it’ll be interesting to see how different they are and get to meet him and see where the differences lie AND the similarities between the two.”

     

  • VALENTINE’S DAY LINERS: Brothers Osborne, Canaan, Darius, David, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Gary, Strait, Jennifer, Jon, Josh, Kacey, Keith, Kelleigh, Kip, LBT, Luke, Sam

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is T.J., and I’m John, and we’re Brothers Osborne. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Valentine’s Day)

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    “What’s up y’all? This is Darius Rucker, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER David Nail (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is David Nail, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”


    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Eric Church, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Eric Paslay, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey, this is Gary Allan, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER George Strait (Valentine’s Day)

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    “This is George Strait, wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jennifer Nettles (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Jennifer Nettles, hoping you have a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! It’s Jon Pardi, and I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! This is Josh Turner, and I want to wish you and your sweetheart a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi, this is Kacey Musgraves, and I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. This is Keith Urban. Make the day special for your ‘Once in a Lifetime’ love.”

    Audio / LINER Kelleigh Bannen (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Kelleigh Bannen, hoping you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! What’s happening, everybody? This is Kip Moore. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER LBT (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Valentine’s Day!”

     

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hey y’all, it’s Luke Bryan. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day) 2

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    “Hey y’all. It’s Luke Bryan. Happy Valentine’s Day. Make sweet love to your other.”

     

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Valentine’s Day)

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    “Hi! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.”

     

  • ERIC CHURCH HAD A STANDOFF WITH COMEDIAN KATHY GRIFFIN AT THE GRAMMYS IN 2012.

    Eric Church is nominated for four Grammys, 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 for Keith’s latest single, “Raise ‘Em Up.” The North Carolina native also has a coveted performance slot, as well.

    We’re sure he has a primo spot near the stage this year, but back in 2012, he was hanging out in the aisle because Kathy Griffin was sitting in his seat and wouldn’t budge. “She was in our seat at the Grammys. It’s not her fault, I guess, but she wouldn’t get out of the seat, so when we arrived at the Grammys to sit in the seat, we had a little standoff. You know, first Grammys,” says Eric. “My wife and I ended up having to sit in the aisle right before they did the nominees for Country Album [laughs], which would have been great if we won, ’cause then they would’ve had to pan over to Kathy Griffin and us sitting in the aisle. So, literally, they just about didn’t let us in. So, to go from there to being able to play the show is pretty cool.”

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

    Audio / Eric Church recalls having a standoff of sorts with comedian Kathy Griffin

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    Eric Church (Grammys 2015 Kathy G) OC: …pretty cool. :30
    “Kathy Griffin-she was in our seat at the Grammys. It’s not her fault, I guess, but she wouldn’t get out of the seat, so when we arrived at the Grammys to sit in the seat, we had a little standoff. You know, first Grammys. My wife and I ended up having to sit in the aisle right before they did the nominees for Country Album [laughs], which would have been great if we won, ’cause then they would’ve had to pan over to Kathy Griffin and us sitting in the aisle. So, literally, they just about didn’t let us in. So, to go from there to being able to play the show is pretty cool.”



  • 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