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The three-time Country Music Association and five-time Academy of Country Music Award winner cemented his reputation as a maverick by releasing his 2015 album Mr. Misunderstood as a surprise, delivering it to fans before announcing its existence and putting it on sale. He is rising toward the peak of the country charts with “Record Year,” the second single, which Rolling Stone dubbed “the most moving moment” on the widely lauded album.
Church announced his 60+ city 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour via Facebook Live at a two-night show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. The tour, that kicks off in Lincoln, Neb. and ends with a two-night run in Nashville, Tenn., will feature two sets from Church sans openers.
The man New York Times said produces songs that insist music is “fuel for love, for anguish and, naturally, for other music” earned the 2016 CMA Album of the Year Award for Mr. Misunderstood and the 2016 ACM Music Video of the Year Award for the album’s first title-track single.
The North Carolina native’s previous album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums Chart with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format that year, making Church 2014’s top-selling country music artist. The album garnered GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and featured his No. 1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega,” as well as multiple nominee “Like A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders was the follow-up to Church’s 3x Platinum-certified CHIEF, named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. The LP featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Platinum); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of 2 million singles). Church’s sophomore album, Carolina, (2009) is RIAA Platinum certified and his 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me is RIAA Gold certified.

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ERIC CHURCH WILL PERFORM “THE SNAKE” ON THE ACM AWARDS.

Eric Church is performing “The Snake” on Sunday night’s ACM Awards. The song, from his latest album Desperate Man, was written about what is going on in the world of politics today.

“‘The Snake’ is really a song that was written about this political discourse, battle, Armageddon that I think everybody gets involved. It’s so interesting to me, full disclosure by nature I’m just not a very political person. I find it somewhat silly because I kind of get what is going on. I feel like in order to be a career politician, you have to keep your base riled up and the best way to rile up your base is to attack the other side, and the other side does the same thing. So, you have these two sides that are attacking each other vehemently and they’re doing it just so they can stay in office. They’re not doing it for any legitimate reason, so this song really came from whichever side you want to paint is a copperhead, and whichever other side you want to paint is a rattlesnake. I feel like that’s all they do all day, and in the meantime, the whole world’s burning down, because there’s not enough people in my opinion, there that actually want to do something; that actually want to accomplish something. They just want to stay in office. That’s rjeallly where this song came from, and at least the humorous part for me was calling them copperheads and rattlesnakes, ‘cause that’s exactly how I feel about ‘em.”

 

Eric, who is making his way up the country charts with his latest song “Some of It,” takes his Double Down Tour to Dallas next weekend (April 12th and 13th).

Audio / Eric Church talks about the song "The Snake," which he will perform on this year's ACM Awards.

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Eric Church (The Snake commentary) OC: …feel about ‘em. 1:20
“‘The Snake’ is really a song that was written about this political discourse, battle, Armageddon that I think everybody gets involved. It’s so interesting to me, full disclosure by nature I’m just not a very political person. I find it somewhat silly because I kind of get what is going on. I feel like in order to be a career politician, you have to keep your base riled up and the best way to rile up your base is to attack the other side, and the other side does the same thing. So, you have these two sides that are attacking each other vehemently and they’re doing it just so they can stay in office. They’re not doing it for any legitimate reason, so this song really came from whichever side you want to paint is a copperhead, and whichever other side you want to paint is a rattlesnake. I feel like that’s all they do all day, and in the meantime, the whole world’s burning down, because there’s not enough people in my opinion, there that actually want to do something; that actually want to accomplish something. They just want to stay in office. That’s rjeallly where this song came from, and at least the humorous part for me was calling them copperheads and rattlesnakes, ‘cause that’s exactly how I feel about ‘em.”

ERIC CHURCH WILL PERFORM “THE SNAKE” ON THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

It was revealed on Eric Church‘s socials he will be performing “The Snake” from his current album, Desperate Man, live on Sunday night’s (April 7th) ACM Awards.

 

 

Watch the lyric video of “The Snake” below.

 

THE ACM AWARDS HAVE ADDED SEVERAL ALL-STAR COLLABORATIONS TO THE LIST OF PERFORMANCES THIS YEAR.

The Academy of Country Music just announced new all-star collaborations for this year’s ACM Awards. The show will once again feature “ACM Flashbacks,” a fan favorite moment honoring classic country music hits and/or the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike. This year’s “ACM Flashbacks” will feature the King of Country Music and 24-time ACM Award winner George Strait performing with Miranda Lambert, as well as new Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Brooks & Dunn performing with Luke Combs.

Additional collaborations include Dierks Bentley & Brandi CarlileEric Church & Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris with Brothers Osborne, Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson Dan + Shay with Kelly ClarksonFlorida Georgia Line & Jason Aldean, and global superstar Khalid with Kane Brown.

Other previously announced performers include Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett and LANCO. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming week.

The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 7th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

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