Contemporary country great announces Austin appearance with drink in hand
Despite living in the “country” by most American standards, Austinites don’t always get a chance to live out that lifestyle. One of those chances comes July 29, when one of country’s biggest contemporary stars — with seven ACM Awards, four CMA Awards, and 10 Grammys — Eric Church, rides through on his second of two Texas tour stops.
Church plays at the Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas on July 28, and Austin's show the next night will be at Germania Insurance Amphitheate. His success precedes him, but this is still a first for “The Chief.” He’s played long sets — two-and-a-half to even three hours — but he somehow still hasn’t played an entire tour in the summer breeze. This 27-date tour, called “The Outsiders Revival Tour” may redefine what fans expect from Church, six studio albums into his career.
“When I approach touring, I’m always inspired by a new experience, a new way to gather, to express ourselves sonically and visually. Whether it’s solo, in the round, double down; being able to bring a different perspective has always brought out our best creatively,” said Church in a press release. “Well, we have never done an outdoor summer tour. Never headlined amphitheaters. Never brought a summer experience to your town that featured artists we want to share the summer with. Until now. See you in the season of sunshine with some fellow outsiders that shine brightest when the sun goes down.”
The Texas artists Church has invited to share his two nights of summer in Dallas and Austin — Ray Wylie Hubbard and Midland — bring the past and future of country onstage with Church, whose career since 2005 has come to represent the genre in the early 21st century. Hubbard, who grew up in Dallas, continues the traditions of the blues and outlaw country; Midland, formed nearly a decade ago in Dripping Springs, anchor their smooth sound as “post-Urban Cowboy country.”
Church’s twang is recognizable in songs like the introspective and romantic “Springsteen,” and more upbeat “Drink In My Hand” (essentially the boozy 2011 answer to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” without the feminist bent). Church’s studio albums are frequently interspersed — and almost overwhelmed — by live albums.
Heart & Soul, Church’s most recent album in three parts (2021 LPs Heart and Soul, and 2022 EP &), was written in a song-per-day writing marathon in rural North Carolina. “Hell of a View,” another sentimental track, is his most recent gold-certified hit.
Tickets for the entire tour go on sale on January 20 at 10 am via Ticketmaster. Presale access will open to Church’s fan club, the Church Choir, on January 17 at 10 am.