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Nov 12

Eric Church Joins Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour

Kenny Chesney Tours With Eric Church

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Eric Church will join Kenny Chesney for five dates of Chesney’s 2015 Big Revival Tour. Church previously joined Chesney on his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour, and for Chesney, inviting him to hit the road again was a no-brainer.

“There is something about the way Eric connects with my audience that left me feeling like he made the No Shoes Nation Tour something special,” Chesney said. “He attacks the stage with so much force – and his songs really speak to the people who’re fighting the fight to get by – and I love that about what he does onstage.”

“Some of the most fun I’ve ever had on tour was last summer with Kenny,” Church added. “He’s an artist that isn’t afraid to let you come full blast and do what you do. It’s rare you get to tour with someone you respect and you are friends with. I can’t wait to do it again.”

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Nov 5

Country Stars Reflect on CMA Awards Nominations

Keith Urban

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

As cliché as it might sound, country stars call it an honor just to be nominated in a category at the CMA Awards. For Keith Urban, who is up for four awards Wednesday night, one of the best parts of being nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year category is being recognized alongside his friends, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Blake Shelton.

“It’s a great group to be in,” he said. “It’s a real extraordinary cool little group to be in. “I’m really happy for Dierks too. That’s a guy that’s been working for a long time,. It’s funny, ‘cause Eric, Dierks and I, we’re all pretty tight because we have kids the same age, so Dierks’ kids are over at our house almost all the time, and we have that tight little kid connection. It feels very ‘family.’”

Urban is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year. He takes touring seriously, just as he does being nominated in the Entertainer category. “I know the criteria isn’t purely about live performance, but I’ve always felt that that’s what it is,” he said. “Otherwise, it probably should be called Artist of the Year. I’ve always loved putting on concerts and tours and shows and really trying to put something on that’s incredibly entertaining and engaging. I probably obsess about that part of what I do equal to making records.”
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Oct 28

Eric Church and Darius Rucker Remember Favorite Halloween Costumes

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Darius Rucker likes to dress up with his children. They stick with themes, and, while they are still deciding on what to be this year, Darius and his son once had a memorable outing as Star Wars characters.

“We’re talking about costumes,” he said. “We have a couple of ideas. Still the greatest one we ever had was when he was Darth Vadar and I was Luke Skywalker, and we were walking around, and he would look at everyone and go, ‘I’m his father.’ That was a very, very good one. But we’re talking about a couple of things. We’re talking about Ninja Turtles, or we’re talking about pro wrestlers, but nobody would know who we were. So, the Ninja Turtles are the winner right now, but we’ll come up with something cool.”

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Oct 16

Eric Church Extends The Outsiders World Tour Into 2015

Eric Church and The Outsiders

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Eric Church has extended his The Outsiders World Tour into 2015. Church officially announced he will kick off the second leg of his massive tour on January 8 in New Orleans. He will wrap the first leg on December 13 with a show in Birmingham, Ala.

“We come from bars and clubs,” he said. “I miss that intimacy. That’s what you always try to grab. The bigger the room, the smaller you want that room to feel. You used to be able to fit everyone at one of our shows in those end-stage pits. That was the entire crowd. I want everybody in that place to feel like they were there, to feel like they were in that that small room. That they experienced something, that they felt something, that they are always going to go and tell people that ‘that show was spiritual to me. I felt it.’”

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Oct 12

Eric Church Says “Talladega” is Not About Auto Racing

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Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Eric Church’s new single, “Talladega,” has a misleading title. One might assume the song is about auto racing’s hair-raising crashes and speeds in excess of 200mph. “It has nothing to do with that,” Church told Billboard. “That is nothing more than the avenue through which the commentary took place. It’s really about life.”

The song takes a look back at some of Church’s favorite memories. “NASCAR was as hot as any sport back in the ’90s, and it was a thing where a group of your buddies go take stuff, tents, camp out, stay a few days, walk back and forth to the track,” he said. “We actually lost the damn car, you know; you’re so far away. I can’t tell you who won the race, but I could tell you all the experiences we had in a two- or three-day period.” Continue Reading


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Sep 9

Eric Church Prepares to Launch The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church, The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Eric Church will kick off his The Outsiders World Tour on Thursday, September 11, in Bossier City, Louisiana. His first headlining tour since 2012’s Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, the tour will stop in more than 30 cities, including New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Fans can expect a full arena experience.

“One thing we’re doing different on the Outsiders World Tour is we’re setting up these arenas in a 360-degree configuration,” Church said. “The way the stage is going to be, the way I am, the way the band is, there’ll be no barrier if you’re behind the stage, if you’re in front of the stage, wherever you are, it’s gonna be the same experience. We’re gonna work it that way. There won’t be just one front row, there’s gonna be multiple front rows all the way around the stage.” Continue Reading


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Aug 28

Eric Church and Wife Katherine Launch Chief Cares Charity

Eric Church and Katherine Church Charity

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Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, are paying it forward. The couple have announced the launch of their charity, Chief Cares. Administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Chief Cares has already helped a Nepalese orphanage in getting beds and clothing and offering schooling for area children, delivered aid in Haiti and helped the Humane Society fund their no-kill animal shelters.

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Jul 25

Taylor Swift and Eric Church Set for iHeartRadio Music Festival

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Taylor Swift, Eric Church and Zac Brown Band are among the artists who will perform during the all-genre 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival. None of them are strangers to the festival. Swift performed at the 2012 event while Church was in the lineup of the first iHeartRadio Country Festival in March.

Additional artists scheduled to take part in the iHeartRadio Music Festival include Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Motley Crue, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille and Steve Aoki. Continue Reading


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Jul 3

Luke Bryan and Eric Church’s Best Fourth of July Memories

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Eric Church and Luke Bryan may have grown up in North Carolina and Georgia, respectively, but they spent their Fourth of Julys in much the same fashion – by heading to the lake with family and friends. Luke sings about crashing parties these days, but he was – and still is when his schedule allows – the life of the Fourth of July party.

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“Some of my favorite Fourth of July memories were spent on Lake Blackshear down in Georgia with my family,” he said. “I was always kind of in charge of driving home from Tennessee and picking up all the fireworks, and my nieces and nephews always got excited when I rolled in because they knew I had all the fireworks. I miss not getting to do that as much as we used to.”

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Apr 30

Eric Church Loves the Opposition in “Give Me Back My Hometown”

Eric Church Loves the Opposition in "Give Me Back My Hometown"

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Eric Church is closing in on the top of the country charts with his latest single, “Give Me Back My Hometown.” Eric co-wrote the song with Luke Laird and says the track’s opposition fascinates him as a songwriter. It tells the story of a man who is supposed to feel safe in his hometown, but an old flame has left her mark all over it, leaving memories he can’t erase.

“It’s about a guy that’s still in his hometown,” Eric said. “He’s in the most familiar place, the place he knows better than anything, but because his female lover left him there, all those places that he knows so well, become so haunting and foreign to him. To be at the place that you grow up at that is your home, and the person that left you there took that from you, there’s nothing lonelier than that.” Continue Reading


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