Tenn. – (Nov. 18, 2015) – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
hosted an intimate reception of family, music industry friends, and
media VIPs last night to celebrate the opening of its latest cameo
exhibition, “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider.”  The exhibit features
stage clothing, song manuscripts, photos, awards, a hand-written note
from George Strait, and more memorabilia that was personally selected by
this year’s top CMA Awards nominee for the display.  “Eric Church:
Inside the Outsider” will run through February 2016 and is part of the
normal admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

During the reception, Church said, “I revere country music. I grew up a
fan in North Carolina. I remember a distinct memory when I was 23,
walking by the Country Music Hall of Fame just having a moment you know,
as a songwriter that had been told ‘no’ a bunch. If I had the chance,
had a time machine to go back and tell that guy what would happen over
the next 10-15 years (laughs)…neither one of us would believe it.  I
just walked through an exhibit that had my name all over it, and here’s
what I learned. It doesn’t matter how great your songs are, how great a
singer and player you are…I know this now, that it’s about the people
that are in this room. It’s about everybody from songwriters, it’s about
management, it’s about the band and crew that give it to ‘em every
night. It’s about my family, it’s about the people at our house. It’s
not about me, because it’s not possible for one person to make that

About Eric Church

The Country Music Association and four-time Academy of Country Music
Award winner finished 2014 as country music’s top-selling artist, with
the year’s highest debut and sales of any release in the format as the
critical and commercial success The Outsiders reached Platinum status, marking more than one million albums sold. Debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top
200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, “The Outsiders” garnered
GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and features his No.1
hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega” as well as Top 10 “Like
A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders 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. The LP featured five Top 20
singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of 1
million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both
certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000); 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 2006
debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified.
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About the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and
Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit
501(c)(3) educational organization  chartered by the state of Tennessee
in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of
country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With
the same educational mission, the foundation also operates Historic RCA
Studio B, Hatch Show PrintTM
CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive and CMF Press.
Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the Metropolitan
Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and under
agreements with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

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