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Cam Recalls Recent Red Rocks Moments With Her Music Idol Eric Church

Photo Credit: Anders Mouridsen

Photo Credit: Anders Mouridsen

First off, it was a bucket list moment when her music idol Eric Church recently invited her to open one of his few select shows this year at Denver’s majestic Red Rocks. But, when singer-songwriter Cam was asked to join superstar Church for the performance of his hit, “Like Jesus Does,” at the end of his sold-out show that night, the country newcomer could only recall a few musical memories that will surpass this one.

Cam has looked up to Eric Church for some time.

“I’ve belted out his songs in my car for the past four years, and his album Chief hasn’t left the car since it came out,” she recalls. “So to find myself actually harmonizing with Eric ONSTAGE and not in my car, the two of us sharing a spotlight, surrounded by the unreal vibe of Red Rocks,” continues Cam, “that’s a memory I’ll carry with me forever.”

Before the start of “Like Jesus Does,” Church said,

“I’m going to bring some help up here on this next song…she’s one of my favorite artists that’s out right now.”

Following his introduction, Cam surprised him as she walked on stage wearing yellow aviator sunglasses – her attempt to match his, of course, with a little Cam signature color yellow twist. (Insert link?) Also, she wore an all-yellow leather motorcycle jacket with bedazzled embellishments to match Church’s black one.

Cam and her co-producers Tyler Johnson and Jeff Bhasker were inspired by Church’s music when making the Arista Nashville/RCA Records artist’s debut album, Untamed.

“Of all the current country music artists who have influenced me, Eric Church’s music is at the forefront,” she emphasizes. “I would reach out to cowriters because they wrote songs with him, compare my mixes with his and even pick the songs on my album based on the flow of his Chief album.”

“Not to be corny,” Cam says as she summarizes her Eric Church Red Rocks experience, “but, this performance and the encouragement that Eric and his band gave me that night is a real validation of the spirit. They don’t compliment everyone you know? Definitely gave me the confidence to continue being myself. God bless Eric f**king Church!”

Eric Church Gives a Big Middle Finger to Scalpers with The Announcement of ‘Holdin’ My Own Tour’

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Eric Church doesn’t like to do anything the “normal” way, and that’s the way his fans like it. With the camera lens so close it was reflected in his signature aviators, Eric spoke directly to his fans just minutes before taking the stage for his first of two solo shows at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheater alerting the thousands watching via Facebook Live as well as the sold-out crowd of his plans to tour in 2017. He revealed that his North American 60+ city run, the aptly titled Holdin’ My Own Tour, will officially launch on Jan. 13th, 2017 at Lincoln, Neb.’s Pinnacle Bank Arena and include stops in Chicago, Ill., Los Angeles, Calif., and will conclude with two nights at Nashville, Tenn.’s Bridgestone Arena in May. For the first time ever, there will be no support act on this tour. Eric Church and the ECB will play two full sets with an intermission in between. In an effort to ensure his core fans get great tickets at face value, Church is revamping the pre-sale and on-sale process to eliminate scalpers from the equation, and we say it’s about damn time someone gave a big enough of a damn about the fans to do this.

“In this era where growing inequality seems to be the norm, we wanted to do everything within our power to put the advantage back in the hands of true fans rather than those that take advantage of the system, and by extension our people,” said John Peets, Church’s manager. “It was important to us to invest time into evaluating and redesigning the ticket buying process and build the technology to level the playing field.”

Church and his team have developed a new fan club pre-sale system that will allow them to remove scalpers from the pre-sale process before it even happens. Church Choir members will pre-register for the fan club pre-sale prior to it starting. Once verified, fan club members will receive buy links via text message when the pre-sale starts. Scalpers that are found to be gaming the system and posing as real fans won’t receive the buy link at all.

Church has secured a larger allotment of fan club tickets than in the past so Church Choir members will have much better success buying tickets in the pre-sale. The Church Choir pre-sale will be the ONLY pre-sale. There will be no venue, credit card or radio pre-sales.

As on past tours, Church will continue to cancel any and all orders found to be made by scalpers. New for the Holdin’ My Own Tour, Church commissioned a proprietary technology that scrubs ticket purchases using up to 10 different data points and automatically flags orders made by scalpers. Orders may be cancelled at any time and without warning. Church cautions fans to stay away from the secondary market because it’s likely that tickets found there will be invalid by the time the show happens.

Finally, delivery of all ticket orders will be delayed until the days leading up to each show. Church hopes that this will make it impossible for scalpers to complete their transactions.

By doing this – investing time and energy to create a more efficient and balanced model – the Church team is not only communicating directly to the fans the best source for face value tickets, but also building a model that protects consumers and can be adopted by the industry as a whole.

“The way this album came together mandated we release it as a surprise, straight to our fans, as it was important for me to deliver the music the same way the creativity hit me—directly and swiftly. What I didn’t anticipate is that it left me scratching my head a little as this year was supposed to be spent writing.” Church continues, “What this year’s open schedule did afford us was time to think through the way the fans experience our music live, and it was important to us that we find a way to stick to these same principles when it came to approaching our shows, down to the way they go on sale.”

Pre-sale registrations for his Holdin’ My Own Tour began tonight, Aug. 9th, and will run through 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Aug. 23rd.

Pre-sale purchase links and unique codes will be sent directly via text message to pre-registered standard and premium fan club members, affording them a three-day window to purchase tickets to the Holdin’ My Own Tour. This fan club pre-sale begins at 11 a.m. CT on Friday, Sept. 9th and ends on Sunday, Sept. 11th at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Church’s announcement comes on the heels of his single, “Record Year,” from his album Mr. Misunderstood, hitting No. 1 Aug. 1 and in the middle of his two-night, sold-out stint at Red Rocks, one of his few 2016 performances.

For further details on the ticketing system plus information on VIP packages, “These Boots by Lucchese” and Church’s custom-designed Gibson Hummingbird Dark on tour, stay tuned to www.ericchurch.com.

2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour Dates are as follows:
Friday, January 13: Lincoln, Neb. Pinnacle Bank Arena
Saturday, January 14: Sioux Falls, S.D. Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sunday, January 15: Grand Forks, N.D. Ralph Engelstad Arena
Thursday, January 19: Des Moines, Iowa. Wells Fargo Center
Friday, January 20: Minneapolis, Minn. Target Center
Saturday, January 21: Green Bay, Wis. Resch Center
Wednesday, January 25: Philadelphia, Pa. Wells Fargo Arena
Friday, January 27: Brooklyn, N.Y. Barclays Center
Saturday, January 28: Boston, Mass. TD Garden
Tuesday, January 31: Kansas City Mo. Sprint Center
Thursday, February 2: Tulsa, Okla. BOK Center
Friday, February 3: Dallas, Texas. American Airlines Center
Thursday, February 16: Duluth, Ga. Infinite Energy Center
Friday, February 17: Birmingham, Ala. Legacy Arena at BJCC
Thursday, February 23: Indianapolis, Ind. Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Friday, February 24: Cleveland, Ohio. Quicken Loans Arena
Saturday, February 25: Auburn Hills, Mich. The Palace at Auburn Hills
Tuesday, February 28: London, ONT Budweiser Gardens
Thursday, March 2: Toronto, ONT Air Canada Centre
Friday, March 3: Ottawa, ONT Canadian Tire Centre
Saturday, March 4: Montreal, QUE Bell Centre
Tuesday, March 7: Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Thursday, March 9: Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
Friday, March 10: Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Saturday, March 11: Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Tuesday, March 14: Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Thursday, March 16: Portland, Ore. Moda Center
Friday, March 17: Spokane, Wash. Spokane Arena
Saturday, March 18: Tacoma, Wash. Tacoma Dome
Wednesday, March 22: Bozeman, Mont. Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
Friday, March 24: Boise, Idaho. Taco Bell Arena
Saturday, March 25: Salt Lake City, Utah. Vivint Smart Home Arena
Tuesday, March 28: Phoenix, Ariz. Talking Sticks Resort Arena
Thursday, March 30: Sacramento, Calif. Golden 1 Center
Friday, March 31: Los Angeles, Calif. STAPLES Center
Tuesday, April 4: Casper, Wyo. Casper Events Center
Wednesday, April 5: Denver, Colo. Pepsi Center
Friday, April 7: Wichita, Kan. INTRUST Bank Arena
Saturday, April 8: Omaha, Neb. CenturyLink Center Omaha
Wednesday, April 12: Moline, Ill. iWireless Center
Thursday, April 13: Chicago, Ill. Allstate Arena
Friday, April 14: Milwaukee, Wis. BMO Harris Bradley Center
Thursday, April 20: Buffalo, N.Y. First Niagara Center
Friday, April 21: Pittsburgh, Pa. CONSOL Energy Center
Saturday, April 22: Cincinnati, Ohio. US Bank Arena
Thursday, April 27: Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Arena
Friday, April 28: Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Arena
Saturday, April 29: Manchester, N.H. Verizon Wireless Arena
Thursday, May 4: Tampa, Fla. Amalie Arena
Friday, May 5: Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Thursday, May 11: Grand Rapids, Mich. Van Andel Arena
Friday, May 12: Peoria, Ill. Peoria Civic Center
Saturday, May 13: St. Louis, Mo. Scottrade Center
Thursday, May 18: Reading, Pa. Santander Arena
Friday, May 19: Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
Saturday, May 20: Greensboro, N.C. Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Friday, May 26: Nashville, Tenn. Bridgestone Arena
Saturday, May 27: Nashville, Tenn. Bridgestone Arena

Eric Church’s Journey Emulated in “Highway to Home”

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The Highway to Home Collection, an original furniture line created by Eric Church, is now available at RoomsToGo locations and additional select retail outlets. The collection was inspired by Church’s love of the road and exploration of the world combined with family traditions and the comforts that allow the most important adventures to happen…the ones in our homes.

On Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me, the man The Washington Post would later call “a born balladeer,” bore his worst fears in the lyrics of the autobiographical album cut, “What I Almost Was,” reminiscing, “Yeah, I moved on back home and came awful close / To being some son-in-law to some CEO / Coulda been a corner office, country club, suit and tie man / Answerin’ to no one but her and him.” It was an ode to the life he relinquished when choosing to pursue a career in music instead of claiming his role at the booming family furniture business in Granite Falls, N.C. Soon after his move to Music City, a certain Music Row publisher’s advice that he should “just pack it up and move back home” ultimately had the singer/songwriter questioning his decision. Church persevered, shortly thereafter landing a record deal proving the naysayer wrong. Three albums later he cemented his first of many No. 1 hits along with his first of seven GRAMMY nominations with his watershed release, Chief. 

But throughout that long journey from a man with a dream to one of today’s musical superstars, Church always stayed connected to his roots. His songs often reflected his upbringing and his observations of small town life in North Carolina. Traveling the world with his own family, he discovered the need to keep the sanctity of home was very important as home had always fed his art and grounded it in reality. Through this dichotomy, the idea for a venture that would combine his family’s history in the furniture business along with his touring enterprise was born.

“Staying connected with my roots has always been important to me and Highway to Home is a natural extension of my family heritage,” says Church. “My dad was in the industry. My first job was in a furniture plant, so yes, it is in my blood. This project is truly about building a home around those experiences and memories that make up our lives.”

Highway to Home features four collections: Heartland Falls, Silverton Sound, Arrow Ridge and Hickory Canyon. Named after fictitious places that represent destinations along his journey, the collections range from a nostalgic mix of arts and crafts to urban-industrial to eclectic all with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll spirit. Highway to Home will include bedroom, dining room, occasional and upholstery pieces, as well as accent pieces that range from classic to those that are distinctly Church. Highway to Home is not a music-based collection, but instead, founded on the life experiences Church has gained as he travels from venue to venue. Just like Church’s music, the first four distinct collections of Highway to Home cannot be categorized into one style.

Highway to Home is about the journey home—-the ultimate destination,” said Pulaski Furniture President Page Wilson, Church’s partner in this now-realized venture. “This is not necessarily about Eric’s songs or performances, but instead founded on the adventures and experiences of a traveling musician through the eyes of a creative writer as he travels the world from show to show and home again.”

Church has designated a portion of the proceeds from Highway to Home to be donated to JDRF through his Chief Cares foundation. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research. Church, who has personal ties to diabetes through family members, is committed to combating this disease that strikes all ages.

Highway to Home is available at select retailers nationwide. For additional information visit: ericchurch.com/highwaytohome.

Eric Church’s “Record Year” Claims No. 1, Both Charts

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Eric Church’s second single off Mr. Misunderstood hit No. 1 today just in time for fans to celebrate his seventh summit to the top of both MediaBase and Billboard charts when he kicks-off his first of two sold-out solo shows at Red Rocks on August 9. “Record Year” was co-written by Church and his guitarist/banjo player, Jeff Hyde (who also penned “Cold One” (with Luke Hutton), “Springsteen” (with Ryan Tyndell), and “Smoke A Little Smoke” (with Driver Williams) all alongside the man the Los Angeles Times called “Nashville’s foremost rabble-rouser”), and outlines a story of a heartbroken music-lover finding consolation in the records of some of music’s greatest masterminds.

Church drove home the homage-paying theme of “Record Year” when he performed it at the 2016 ACM Awards in April, which was interfolded with clips of David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Lemmy and Scott Weiland, before releasing the music video for the ode later that month, featuring a 3D audio waveform Church and video producer/longtime manager, John Peets, built by hand with vinyl. The No. 1 follows his Top 15 title track off of Mr. Misunderstood, the album New York Times says offers “shades of the Allman Brothers and the scraped-up Southern rock that has always been essential to Church’s country antagonism here, but also bluesy country gospel.”

Since its release in February, the hit has caught the attention of critics; Los Angeles Times calls the single a, “deeply felt heartbreak song,” Rolling Stone dubbed it “the most moving moment” on the album, while Stereogum called it a, “pun-happy lament” that “does quiet to loud in an efficient gears-changing way that screams professionalism rather than catharsis.”

Whether it’s the direct mentions and subtle allusions to his variety of musical muses such as George Jones, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and more, or the undeniable responsibility anyone freshly jaded out of a relationship puts on their favorite artists to cope, Church “has always been excellent at balancing whiskey-charged toughness with open-hearted musical subtlety” (Rolling Stone).

Fan loyalty has always meant a lot to the seven-time GRAMMY nominee, ACM and CMA-award winning singer/songwriter, which was made obvious when he directly shipped copies of Mr. Misunderstood on vinyl to his Church Choir before making it available to the general public.

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