Eric Church is a popular country music artist, best known for hits such as ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’ and ‘Drink in My Hand.’ His music bears strong influences of the rock genre and his style hence can be described as country rock, southern rock and outlaw country. Among his inspirations in music, Eric cites names of numerous heavy metal and hard rock bands such as Metallica and AC/DC, along with Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
The singer whose live shows are packed with fun and energy recently broke down while performing his new song ‘Why Not Me’ which he wrote in tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
The country star has announced some new dates for his shows in 2018. If you are looking for Eric Church tickets, they are available here. Get yours before they run out.
Kenneth Eric Church was born in Granite Falls, North Carolina, on May 3, 1977. He began writing songs and playing the guitar when he was thirteen years old. A gifted performer, Church played regular gigs at a bar during his high school days. Soon he gained popularity and was offered a record deal while still in his teens. However he turned it down to finish high school and later went on to study at the Appalachian State University. He still took out time for music and performed as part of a group called Mountain Boys.
Following his graduation, Church moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Initially he worked as a songwriter until he signed a contract with a record label in 2006. Church’s debut music album titled ‘Sinners Like Me’ came out the same year. Comprising songs such as ‘Guys Like Me’ and ‘Two Pink Lines,’ the record reached the Top 10 on the US Top Country Albums chart.
The release of Eric Church’s second studio album ‘Carolina’ in 2009 can be termed as a watershed moment in his music career. It was with this record that the singer made a strong presence in the country music world. Chart-topping songs such as Love Your Love the Most, Smoke a Little Smoke and Hell on the Heart developed a cult following for the country crooner. His soaring popularity sold out live shows, further cementing his place in the music industry.
‘Carolina’ also received favorable reviews by the music critics. A review by AllMusic read that the album’s sound was reminiscent of the outlaw country movement of the 1970s. It had strong lyrics and was “masterfully tempered with Southern baked rock.”
Eric Church’s third studio album ‘Chief’ was an even bigger success. Released via EMI Nashville in July of 2011, the album produced five singles, two of which were the first number one hits of the singer’s career – the nostalgic ‘Springsteen’ and the up-tempo ‘Drink in My Hand.’ Besides ruling the music charts, the album won Church a number of honors. These include the Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year and a Grammy Nomination for Best Country Album.
Church continued to treat his fans with his distinctive fusion of country and rock in his next studio effort, ‘The Outsiders.’ The album debuted at the top spot on the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200. Its first week sales exceeded 280,000 copies. The highlight of the record was the song ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’, which went on to receive two nominations at the Country Music Awards.
‘The Outsiders’ was the bestselling country music album of 2014 in the US.
Eric Church’s most recent record to hit the shelves is ‘Mr. Misunderstood.’ Released in 2015, the album’s sound is a blend of a variety of music genres. It has been compared with the music of Stevie Wonder and The Allman Brothers Band. Comprising songs such as ‘Mistress Named Music’ and ‘Knives of New Orleans,’ the album was highly praised by fans and critics alike. As of October 2017, ‘Mr. Misunderstood’ has sold 558,000 copies in the US alone.
Awards & Accolades
In his twelve-year career span, Eric Church has won a plethora of awards and accolades. These include six ACM Awards in categories including Album of the Year, Top New Solo Vocalist, Jim Reeves International Award, Vocal Event of the Year, Video of the Year and the very recent Merle Haggard Spirit Award (2017).
The country singer has also bagged one American Country Award, one American Music Award, Three Country Music Awards and seven nominations at the Grammys.
Eric Church Tour tickets
Rock and country fans alike will be satisfied with tickets to an Eric Church concert. The country music star definitely toes the line between genres, easily mastering both. Church’s fans are committed and devoted, and where some country fans would feel betrayed by an artist veering too far from home, his are excited to go on the journey with him.
Eric Church keeps the focus on the music with sparse and simple stage setups that let him and his band move easily around the stage. He has an easy rapport with the audience, whether that means telling personal stories between songs or leaning over to sign a tiny kid’s cowboy boot. Church is so confident in his music that he doesn’t mind breaking character and letting loose. Fans respond to him because he’s having fun on stage. They return the favor. Audiences are sophisticated country fans who have been with Church for a while. He has a robust catalog to choose from and his setlists can be equally jam packed with concerts running pretty long. That’s great news for music fans who really get what they pay for when they go to an eric church show. If you want to enjoy his music live in your city, wait no more to purchase Eric Church tour tickets.
Eric Church in 2017
In 2017, Church did something, which perhaps no other artist has ever done or at least attempted – record 30 songs per night, over a 61-date tour, for a total of more than 200 hours of live music. Aptly titled, “Eric Church: 61 Days in Church”, this is a collection of Church’s most popular songs, songs written on the road and covers.
2017 will be remembered by Church’s fans for another reason too – the Holdin’ My Own Tour. A concert tour to support his fifth studio album, ‘Mr. Misunderstood’, the tour began in January 2017 and concluded in May of the same year.
The Holdin’ My Own Tour may have ended, but Church’s touring days are far from over. He tours regularly and almost every year. His next set of live concerts are just around the corner, so get your tickets now and you’re all set to have a unique experience in country, southern and country rock music.