Check out Eric Church‘s new music video for “A Man Who Was Gonna to Die Young,” off his new album, The Outsiders.
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Eric Church will tape his debut performance for “Austin City Limits” on Sept. 23rd as part of the ground-breaking music program’s 40th anniversary season. The television show is taped live before a concert audience at the venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Texas, and will air nationally on PBS Television on a date to be revealed later.
“Eric Church is working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch,” said Ken Tucker at NPR Music in his review of Church’s new album The Outsiders, which recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Album Chart. “Shrewd, defiant, sly and funny, Eric Church has succeeded in what he set out to do: He’s using the power he’s accrued from making hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants, heedless of industry approval. And this is how good he is: Now he’ll go out and — through the singles he’ll release, the touring he’ll do and the videos he’ll make — probably turn this personal project into a big commercial deal. The Outsiders deserves nothing less.”
“… this is the kind of record critics imagine Kanye keeps making: a freakish statement of confidence and power from an artist in full command of his gifts,” wrote Michael Robbins in his review for Spin. “Nashville has the deepest grab-bag in contemporary pop right now, but nothing else comes together like Eric Church in the wild.”
Dan Hyman wrote about The Outsiders in Esquire saying, “It’s buck-wild, over-the-top, loud, distorted…and decidedly fearless. It’s a gem…. It’s the sort of take-no-prisoners rock-centered country album that’s doing exactly what Nashville’s Music Row elite, with their risk-averse, trend-following predilections growing ever more predictable by the day, never could have anticipated: packing stadiums and making massive dollars.”
For more information on The Outsiders and Eric Church, please visit www.ericchurch.com
One week after the release of Eric Church’s critically acclaimed new studio album, The Outsiders, he sits at the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard Top 200 and the Billboard Top Country Album sales charts with album sales of 287,688 according to Soundscan. With this news, Church has nearly doubled his previous 2011 album, Chief’s, first week sales.
Fans and critics alike have been anxious for the North Carolina singer/songwriter’s fourth studio album, produced by Jay Joyce, that was released via EMI Nashville on February 11th; an album that Entertainment Weekly gave a Grade A and says is “the still-rising star’s most brazen, brilliant disc yet, and the first great album of this year,” while NPR Fresh Air’s critic Ken Tucker announced “Eric Church is working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch.”
In advance of the release of The Outsiders, Church was recently profiled on CBS Sunday Morning with footage taken at Church’s remote cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. That same week he graced the cover of SPIN where the magazine claims “He’s the most exciting, sonically fearless singer in Nashville,” adding “The guy [is] so divisive he’s a uniter.”
USA Today listed The Outsiders as its Album Of The Week on February 11, giving the release FOUR out of FOUR Stars, touting “It’s adventurous and outrageous, full of metallic guitars and funky country skronk but also expresses vulnerability and pain.” The Tampa Bay Times says that the singer/songwriter is “Giving you something new and unexpected: That’s how Church scores his high.”
For more information on The Outsiders and Eric Church, please visit www.ericchurch.com.
Eric Church is celebrating the release of The Outsiders with six free shows Thursday (2/13) and Friday (2/14). Cities on the run include Indianapolis; Rootstown, OH; Chicago; Greenville, SC; Charlotte and Atlanta. Most of the free shows will be acoustic, while the Chicago and Atlanta performances will include his full band. Entry is first come, first served.
Get all of the details here.
Eric Church says having a hit album makes him feel there’s a target on his back, but he admits he isn’t too worried about whether the success of his last album, “Chief,” will affect him with his new work.
Eric tells the Associated Press he doesn’t think the success of a project is tied to number-one hits or even sales — but how much an artist has grown since their last album. Eric is seen as a country “outsider” because he hasn’t followed a single path to fame. And he says that status helps keep him grounded.
Eric released his brand new album “The Outsiders” yesterday, read what we think of the album here.