ERIC CHURCH WITH SPECIAL GUEST BILLY JOE SHAVER ON APRIL 30 WITH SPECIAL GUEST MARTY STUART ON MAY 1 SATURDAY, APRIL 30 AND SUNDAY, MAY 1 AT 8:00 P.M.
Monday Mar 07, 2016
Country music superstar Eric Church has built a reputation for making every live show special with one-night-only set lists and unique arrangements. Now “our greatest working rock star” (Stereogum) is pushing the envelope even further with a not to be missed two-night engagement at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. To make these shows extra special, he will be joined by different opening guests each night. Billy Joe Shaver will open up for Church on Saturday, April 30 and Marty Stuart on Sunday, May 1.
Fan club members will have the first chance to purchase tickets during the fan club pre-sale, starting March 4, on ericchurch.com.
The performances offer fans one of the few chances this year to see the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year nominee. Church, who’s up for six awards at the April 3 CBS-broadcast award show, has mostly laid low since The Outsiders World Tour’s two-year run concluded and the surprise release of new album Mr. Misunderstood last November. He’s only scheduled a few shows so far in 2016, and with an album’s worth of new music to debut you can bet every single show will be special.
A four-time ACM Awards winner, in addition to the top honor Entertainer of the Year, Church is also up for Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, Male Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year for Top 15 single “Mr. Misunderstood,” Vocal Event and Song of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.
Church recently released “Record Year,” the second single from Mr. Misunderstood. The song, which namechecks Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key of Life, Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger, John Lee Hooker's One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer among others from Church's stack of vinyl, was dubbed the “most moving moment” on the new album by Rolling Stone.
The two-time Country Music Association and four-time Academy of Country Music Award winner cemented his reputation as a maverick by releasing his 2015 album Mr. Misunderstood as a surprise, delivering it to fans before announcing its existence and putting it on sale. The current single, “Record Year,” is the second following the Mr. Misunderstood title track, and the album helped Church earn six ACM Award nominations for the April 3, 2016 show broadcast on CBS. The North Carolina native received a huge response from his fans, who made Church 2014’s top-selling country music artist with the year’s highest debut and sales of any release in the format as the critical and commercial success The Outsiders reached Platinum status. Debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart, The Outsiders garnered GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and featured his No.1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega” as well as multiple nominee “Like A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders is the follow-up to Church’s Platinum-certified CHIEF, named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. The LP featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of 1 million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of 2 million singles). Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold certified.
Tickets start at $85 (plus applicable service fees) and go on sale Friday, March 11 at 10 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at www.axs.com. For VIP ticket packages including premium seating options, please firstname.lastname@example.org. For groups of 12 or more, please call 702.693.4017 or contact email@example.com.