- Eric Church – The Outsiders World Tour
Event on 2014-10-16 19:30:00
Eric Churchs The Outsiders World Tour will launch in North America on September 11, 2014 with 31 arena dates being announced today. Tickets for the tour, which beings in Bossier City, Louisiana, will go on sale April 18 in select markets with additional information made available on EricChurch.com. Members of the Church Choir will have access to a pre-sale starting on April 15. Church selected Dwight Yoakam as the special guest for the entire tour. Opening the tour on different dates throughout the first leg will be rising country music duo Brothers Osborne, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark, or the hard rocking band Halestorm.
Hailed as a top entertainer by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, SPIN Magazine, and more, Church will bring his rip-roaring attitude when he performs at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Atlanta, Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, and FedExForum in Memphis, among others. Church will also return to the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. where he sold more than 15,000 tickets in 2012 as part of his headlining arena tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tourwhich Pollstar named a Top Tour of 2012.
While The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour employed a succession of backdrops as the focus of the show, Church's The Outsiders World Tour will use a much more high tech design and will offer fans a 360 view of the entertainer and his band.
On sale dates and ticket information for each market will be announced on EricChurch.com. The best seats on The Outsiders World Tour will once again be paperless so fans get them instead of scalpers.
A limited number of VIP tickets for each show will also be available for purchase. Each VIP ticket includes a premium ticket in the first 15 rows or in the general admission pit, an invitation to a pre-show party at The Outsiders Joint, a two song acoustic pre-show performance by Eric Church, a limited edition show poster, and a dedicated VIP concert concierge.
Fans have the chance to gain access to pre-sale tickets for each show by becoming a Standard or Premium member of the Church Choir. Join the Church Choir by visiting http://smarturl.it/churchchoir.
Churchs current album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and the Billboard Country Albums Chart earlier this year, and his current hit single Give Me Back My Hometown, is Top 5-and-rising. 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 the album, continuing, Shrewd, defiant, sly and funny, Eric Church has succeeded in what he set out to do: Hes using the power hes 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 hell go out and through the singles hell release, the touring hell do and the videos hell make probably turn this personal project into a big commercial deal. The Outsiders deserves nothing less.
The Outsiders is the follow-up to Churchs Platinum-certified album Chief, (named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album) which featured five Top 20 singles: Homeboy (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million singles); the Top 10 Like Jesus Does and the Top 5 Creepin (both certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 singles each); and two No. 1 hits Drink in My Hand (certified Platinum) and Springsteen (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of two million singles). Churchs debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006) and his sophomore album Carolina (2009) are both RIAA Gold-certified. Carolina had three hit singles: the Top 10 Hell on the Heart as well as Top 20 hit Smoke A Little Smoke and Top 10 smash Love Your Love The Most, which were both certified Gold. Sinners Like Me spawned three Top 20 singles: How Bout You, Two Pink Lines, and Guys Like Me.
Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, placing him in an elite group of global superstars. Nearly 40 of Yoakams singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10, including the hits Honky Tonk Man, Please, Please Baby, Little Ways, I Sang Dixie, It Only Hurts When I Cry, and Fast as You. He is a 21-time nominated, 2-time GRAMMY Award winner. In celebration of his latest critically acclaimed album, 3 Pears, he received the Artist of the Year award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. In 2014, Yoakam will appear as a recurring guest star in multiple episodes of the thrilling CBS series, Under the Dome, based on Stephen Kings best-selling novel of the same name. For more information, visit www.dwightyoakam.com.
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Brandy Clarks debut album, 12 Stories, was released in October 2013 and has received tremendous critical acclaim. When reviewing 12 Stories, Randy Lewis of The Los Angeles Times wrote, This is the country debut of the year. Clark was nominated for her first GRAMMY Award earlier this year for Best Country Song for Mamas Broken Heart, which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert took to No. 1. That song also earned Clark her first CMA and ACM nominations, both for Song of the Year. Clark as been on tour with Jennifer Nettles. For more information visit www.brandyclarkmusic.com.
The first leg of the tour will take place throughout Sept.-Dec. in the U.S. and Canada and is exclusively promoted by Louis Messina of The Messina Group/AEG Live.
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- Slaid Cleaves
Event on 2014-10-01 19:30:00
Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelists eye and a poets heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriters Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. Slaids a craftsman, says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on Texas Love Song. He goes about his songs like a woodworker.Accordingly, Cleaves earthy narratives stand oak strong. Men go off to war for a hundred reasons/But they all come home with the same demons, he sings on the albums title track. Some you can keep at bay for a while/Some will pin you to the floor/Youve been home for a couple of years now, buddy/But youre still fighting the war. Few writers frame bruised souls as clearly. Fewer still deliver a punch with such striking immediacy. I started Still Fighting the War four years ago and originally each verse was a separate character, Cleaves explains. Each verse was about getting swindled. One was about the economy, one was about a returning veteran, one was about a broken-up couple. It was too cumbersome, so I focused in on the soldier. The key that made it all work came as I was talking to my friend and occasional co-writer, Ron Coy. A troubled Vietnam vet buddy of his had recently passed away. Ron said, All this time, it was like he was still fighting the war. I knew instantly that was the perfect way to summarize the song.Cleaves delivers equal measures of hope and resignation throughout this 2013 release as life lessons slide subtly through side doors. Normally when I start writing a new batch, a theme starts to emerge after three or four songs, says Cleaves, who built an unlikely success story from scratch after moving to Austin, Texas, from Maine two decades ago. This time around I thought, Im just gonna write where the muse takes me and each song will be its own thing. So I ended up with a CD that has a bit more variety on it compared to my previous releases. Half the songs are about struggle and perseverance and half are all over the place, some tongue-in-cheek stuff, a gospel song, a Texas pride song. Witness deft wordplay on the latter: Your wits as sharp as a prickly pear/The sun shines in your golden hair/Your smile hits me right in the solar plexus, Cleaves sings with a wink in Texas Love Song. Skin as soft as early morning rain/Temper like a Gulf Coast hurricane/I love you even more than I love Texas. Originally, the phrase was I love you almost as much as I love Texas, Cleaves says, because that's about as far as a true proud Texan will go. Then I realized that if I committed the sin of saying I love you even more than I love Texas, it trips off the tongue better. It was a fun little challenge to come up with so many rhymes for Texas.Of course, Cleaves conquered the task. Longtime fans expect nothing less. After all, Still Fighting the War follows the razor sharp songwriters undeniable hat trick Broke Down (2000), Wishbones (2004) and Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (2009) that established him as a singular storyteller. His golden key: effortlessly shading dark with light. Cue Cleaves excellent double-disc Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge for inarguable evidence (Drinkin Days, Wishbones, Horseshoe Lounge). You get a lot of the man behind the lyrics, Hendrix says. What you see with Slaid is what you get: He doesnt have the eyes of a cynic. He has optimism about him through a realistic gaze and writes with a wise voice. The Kerrville Folk Festival recognized those intangible qualities long ago when Cleaves won its hallowed New Folk award in 1992. Hes doubled down ever since with literate story songs exponentially more mature and meaningful.Consider one other new high water mark. But they figured it out/And shipped the elbow grease/Down to Mexico/And off to the Chinese, Cleaves sings on the haunting meditation Rust Belt Fields. And I learned a little something 'bout how things are/No one remembers your name just for working hard. Childhood friend Rod Picott co-wrote those potent lines – the duo has split pages on several indelible blue-collar vignettes over the years (Broke Down, Sinners Prayer, Bring It On, Black T-shirt). Slaid is my favorite co-writer, says Picott, who also co-wrote the new albums standout Welding Burns. Hes a smart writer with a gift for wringing the most out of a melody. Slaid understands that the song has to rule. He's patient and unwavering in his pursuit of the best. Cleaves humbly accepts the praise. Despite the odds, through persistence and good fortune I've carved out a niche for myself, he says. You could say I have a Whim of Iron."
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