First tier seats are still available for the March 12 Eric Church concert at Albany’s Times Union Center. The world tour is named for Church’s fourth studio album, The Outsiders, released February 2014. The Outsiders debuted in the top spot on Billboard’s 200 chart and hit platinum later in the year. The singles “The Outsiders” and “Give Me Back My Hometown” both landed in the top 30 of the Country Airplay chart. The album garnered Church four Grammy 2015 nominations. Special guests Drive-By Truckers join Church for the Albany show.
The North Carolina born and raised Church’s debut single “How ‘bout You,” released in 2006 put him on the charts. It was followed by the release of his first LP, Sinners Like Me, which received critical praise and commercial success. His 2011 album Chief , and its single “Drink in My Hand,” catapulted Church to stardom on the national level. Rolling Stone magazine writes that Chief established Church as a “country-music outlaw of consequence,” with “riffs that echoed Zeppelin and the Stones as much as Buck Owens.” Rolling Stone reviewer Will Hermes, in a Feb. 11, 2014 review, writes that The Outsiders is “even more badass.”
Veteran Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers fill out the bill. The Georgian group launched in 1996 and has a dedicated following despite never having made the big time with a hit single. Band guitarist Patterson Hood tells Rolling Stone Magazine that is a good thing, "We don't have any one or two songs that we're known for. It's just this sprawling catalog that we can pick and choose from.” They don’t repeat a set list ad nauseam, which keeps their fans returning, some for every show. Their mellow alternative Southern sound is a good balance to Church’s genre-busting (and loud) forays into hip-hop/rock with a little gospel thrown in.
Tickets are available at AXS and at the All Star Wines and Liquor Box Office at the Times Union Center. The box office is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays on event days. Tickets are also available at select area Walmart stores.
The Times Union Center, originally the Knickerbocker Arena, then The Pepsi, is just off I-787 (exit 3B) on South Peal Street in Albany. Parking is available on the street and in several public and private parking lots and garages surrounding the venue. Parking rates vary.