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.