Eric Church
Eric Church
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Eric Church is the remarkable artist who has been a mainstay in the hearts of country music fans ever since his Capitol Records debut with Sinners Like Me. His powerful delivery of genuine stories recounts authentic bits of life that are chock full of honesty. Over the past decade, the star’s relatable dazzle has elevated him to the enviable position of being one of today’s top acts in country music.

On his latest album, The Outsiders, his fourth for Capitol Records, released in February of 2014, there is a brilliantly tender song bristling with emotion that is simply titled “Talladega.” The track has already made it’s way onto almost every Top 10 Songs of Eric Church list that you can find -- whether the list was compiled by a critic or a fan. It is a goosebump-worthy recording that can bring you to tears with both its poignant melody and its potent lyrics. As a testament to the songs impact, “Talladega” is currently nominated for CMA’s Single of the Year.

It is only fitting, then, that this multi-platinum recording artist served as the honorary pace car driver earlier this week at the 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Prior to the start of the third and final race of the Contender Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Church led the 43-driver field around the track.

Coincidentally, the 500 originated just about the same time that Church began his career as a country star. In its ten year history, the race boasts an esteemed list of champions that includes Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, and Kevin Harvick.

Also, just announced this week at Talladega Superspeedway is next year’s inaugural Dega Jam, the first-ever country music festival held at the famed location. The all-star line up for the AEG event features Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Currington, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, and Tyler Farr along with dozens more. The preeminent party will take place over Fourth of July weekend, July 1, 2 and 3, 2016. There are tickets, VIP packages, and travel packages on sale now. Additionally, early-bird pricing for 3-Day passes are currently available for a limited time.

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