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ERIC CHURCH CELEBRATES WITH FANS IN SURPRISE-FILLED WEEK

 
ERIC CHURCH CELEBRATES WITH FANS IN SURPRISE-FILLED WEEK

Named ‘Country’s Preeminent Alpha Male’ by Rolling Stone, the singer/songwriter shares special moments with Church Choir all over the map


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 15, 2015) – Even by Eric Church’s always-rising expectations, last week was a pretty damn good week.

The acclaimed country rocker known for his blue-collar attitude put in
extra work last week with some of his most memorable performances,
partied with Church Choir members at a secret party and raised more than
$20,000 for his Chief Cares charity fund.

Church capped a week of heartfelt and personal performances on
Sunday night at the CMA Music Festival at LP Field where he started his
set with Little Feat’s “Sailin’ Shoes” and finished the night with a
surprise  performance during Keith Urban’s set of their shared #1,
“Raise ‘Em Up.” The Little Feat cover was part tribute to his favorite
band and part history lesson for fans who may not know of that
seminal rock ‘n’ roll group’s impact on modern country music and
Church’s own sound.

“I’m a huge Lowell George fan,” Church said of Little Feat’s late
guitarist. “There are two huge influences on my life, The Band
and Levon Helm, and Lowell George is my favorite guitar player ever.
He’s just my guy. I grew up on those records. To me, musically that’s
the DNA of who I am and that’s the DNA currently of what country music
should be.”

The week of memorable performances started Wednesday night when the North Carolina native performed his latest single “Like a Wrecking Ball”
– a performance that will be immortalized as the music video,
premiering on CMT this Wednesday – from 2014’s smash success The
Outsiders at the CMT Music Awards before walking across Lower Broadway
to Ryman Auditorium for Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam.

There he played The Band’s “The Weight” for fans and caught everyone by
surprise by offering an off-the-cuff cover of Little Big Town’s “Girl
Crush” with that quartet’s Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet along with
special guests Chris and Morgane Stapleton.

“It was when (Stuart) welcomed Eric Church onstage a little after 1:00
a.m. that the evening truly heated up, reenergizing a crowd that had
taken their seats hours earlier,” Rolling Stone wrote of the
night, noting of “Girl Crush”: “Here was country’s preeminent alpha male
singing the year’s most sultry torch song – and the fans hearty enough
to still be awake ate it up. Fairchild stepped in to finish the song,
balancing Church’s growl with her own purr.”

Then on Friday night, Church pulled another surprise out of his ball cap, opening his own The Outsiders World Tour stop
for a record crowd at The Amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach,
Alabama. He played an acoustic set for 45 minutes, then brought out his
band for his regular show. He then joined Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night in Atlanta before returning to Nashville with the Atlanta Journal Constitution raving,
“Between his clenched fists and grimaces, it was obvious that Church
feels every note he sings and plays,” before acknowledging, “Church
offers a refreshing blast of originality in a country music market that
can get mired in sterility.”

Church also raised money for his own charity, opening “The Outsider’s
Joint” pop-up store in East Nashville during the festival. Shoppers had a
chance to buy rare and unique items, helping Church raise more than
$20,000 for the Chief Cares 501c3 non-profit charity run by Church and
wife Katherine. The charity serves more than 2.5 million people around
the globe with charitable giving. For more information on Chief Cares
Fund, visit http://www.ericchurch.com/chiefcares.

Church will resume The Outsiders World Tour, which has already set five venue attendance records, on June 20 at the Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion, Illinois.

 Photo Credit: John Russell/CMA

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