Eric Church takes his guitar, music to open Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater

The electric guitar-toting musician and acclaimed singer-songwriter Eric Church will be striping things away this summer, when he opens Nashville's brand new Ascend Amphitheatre in Riverfront Park. The seven-time Grammy nominee will perform on the stage on July 30 to commemorate the land mark event, Nashville mayor Karl Dean and Live Nation announced on Thursday (April 23). “The newest addition to Music City’s live music scene will get off to a great start with a concert from Eric Church, who represents what’s great about Music City,” Mayor Dean says in a statement. “His songs can’t be confined to just one genre; he draws from country, rock and other types of music that help make the scene here in Nashville so vibrant and eclectic.” Church is slated to perform with just his guitar. Tickets for the once-in-a-lifetime event go on sale April 30 at 10 a.m. CT.

Church, whose Outsiders World Tour is ranked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Tours chart, has seen his music speak on a profound level. His connection to bridging the gap between tradition and modern rock 'n roll is something that has blazed his path to headlining greatness. His most-recent album The Outsiders has notched notable chart blockbusters as "Give Me Back My Hometown" and "Talladega," also fueled by the heavy metal-powered title track and current single "Like a Wrecking Ball."

Fan club members will have early access to tickets, beginning April 28 at 10 a.m. local time.

Church's tour schedule will keep him plenty busy this summer, as it picks back up tonight with a show at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. JD McPherson is his primary tour opener, with Americana group The Lone Bellow and Chris Stapleton joining on select dates. Find out more info and to purchase tickets here.

Grab a copy of Eric Church's latest album The Outsiders on iTunes now!