If you didn’t hear the big news from earlier this week, Eric Church stormed into Nashville to begin his 2015 by bashing the previous attendance record at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This was no small feat, since it took Church’s concert attendees reaching 18,411 ticket holders to break the record. Seriously.
Over 18,000 people is a huge crowd, but it was evident by fan photos and gossip that part of that crowd was making the concert even better to country music fans. Imagine glancing next to you and there’s Sam Hunt, ex-college-football-star turned songwriter, Sam Smith or Reba McEntire. It would be hard to keep your eyes on the stage, wouldn't it?
It’s not like 2014 was too shabby either, with Church’s album The Outsiders taking home country music’s top-selling album, platinum-certified, but the album has gone on to get the crazy-popular country artist a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album. Other nominations the star is up for are Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Give Me Back My Hometown”, as well as Best Country Group/Duo Performance for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban. All the above motivated the artist to expand his The Outsiders World Tour into the spring, adding tour dates that stretch from Tampa, Florida, to Vancouver, B.C. For each stop of the extended leg of the tour, Church has added one special guest, including diverse artists such as The Cadillac Three, Brothers Osborne and Drive-By-Truckers.
“Eric Church is our greatest working rock star” proclaimed Stereogum, referring to Church as “…. a down-home everyman whose conversational vocal delivery surges into something huge when it needs to and who comes off as a perfectly genuine human being even when leading the choreographed rigors of an arena show. And holy shit, he has songs.”
Church’s tour takes him next to Oklahoma City, followed by Las Vegas and San Diego. One has to wonder how he has time to breathe.
Now a Nashville resident and signed to Capitol Records, the amazingly popular country/rock artist has a degree in marketing from Appalachian State University, which had to come in handy in marketing himself. We hope to see Eric Church back home soon, right here in Music City. For now, find out where you can travel to see Eric Church in action here.