NASHVILLE, TN (March 24, 2015) – BBR Music Group/Red Bow Records recording artistCraig Campbell has partnered with Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) and Bayer HealthCare’s March awareness campaign, One Million Strong, for the 3rd Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge. As a national spokesperson for the cause, Campbell will raise awareness for colorectal cancer education, research and prevention, while honoring more than one million colorectal cancer survivors. Fans can join the “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” singer on March 29th at Centennial Park in Nashville, TN, as the festivities kick off at 12PM CST.
During the 3rd Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge, artists including Jerrod Niemann, Charlie Worsham and Lindsay Ell will be paired with fans who have bid online for the opportunity to play, with all proceeds going towards Fight CRC. The event will also include a festive parade, family-friendly activities and a concert in the park featuring Campbell and more.
To register for a pass to the 3rd Annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge click here.
Colorectal cancer is close to Campbell’s heart, as his father was diagnosed with the disease when Campbell was only 11-years-old, and passed away within a year. Through One Million Strongevents, the singer-songwriter met colon cancer survivor, Rose Hausmann, and the two proudly co-wrote the song “Stronger Than That” to support the Fight Colorectal Cancer awareness campaign. Campbell is donating all proceeds from download sales of the song to Fight CRC, while Bayer HealthCare is giving Fight CRC $1 for each #StrongArmSelfie photo or brief video posted publicly to Twitter, Instagram, or Vine, up to a maximum of $25,000.
For more information on Craig Campbell visit www.craigcampbell.tv
For more information on the One Million Strong campaign, visit fightcolorectalcancer.org
Asheville-based American Country Roots Band, The Honeycutters,
Set to Release 3rd Studio Album, Me Oh My, on Tue, April 21, 2015 With Organic Record Company
“... just superb, with a sweet toned and melodious aura… Today’s Smoky Mountain area modern folk thing does have a certain vibe, and these guys are among its finest purveyors.” --Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst
ASHEVILLE, NC -- The Honeycutters, an Asheville, NC-based original country roots band, is set to release their third studio album, Me Oh My, on April 21, 2015 with Organic Records®. Fueled by the powerful songwriting and vocals of founder Amanda Platt, Me Oh My moves her into the spotlight as producer, band leader, and principal creative force behind the band. With songs that are honest and relatable, part chagrin and part hope, Platt’s voice carries a timeless appeal. Pre-sales for the album have launched on iTunes and include four immediate tracks to download off the fourteen track release. They have announced tour dates throughout the southeast and into the northeast this spring and summer; more dates will be announced.
Led by songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, The Honeycutters include Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass,Josh Milligan on drums, and Matt Smith rounds out the band on pedal steel, electric guitar, and dobro to create a sound that carries just as well across the bar room as in a church or a theater. Platt’s songs are shaped by a raw honesty that comes straight from the heart and emits a sort of melancholy happiness.
Me Oh My is threaded with themes of love, loss, acceptance and regrowth. It kicks off with an engaging southern swingin’ song, “Jukebox,” that is about taking life one day at a time and not taking yourself too seriously saying “it’s only a song, so for heaven’s sake won’t you sing along?” The title cut is an inspirational anthem about the state of the modern woman, stating, "Some girls marry and some girls wait." Me Oh My brings more of what fans love about The Honeycutters, honestly written songs sung in Platt's authentic voice. The up-tempo, beer-raising, danceable "Ain't It The Truth" is one that will fuel audiences at live shows while melancholy ballads like "Texas '81" balance the album both in meter and mood. The upbeat “I’ll Be Lovin’ You” as a whole speaks to holding someone up until they are strong enough to stand on their own. Me Oh My delves deeper into the darker realms of love with "Little Bird" which gained Platt notoriety as it was chosen as a finalist at MerleFest's prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (2011).
Platt self produced the album along with the help of engineer and assistant producer Jon Ashley. The album was recorded in Echo Mountain Recording Studio and Mixtown Studio in Asheville, NC and it was mixed and mastered just down the road at Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC.
“The new album is the one I'm most proud of to date.” Platt says, “I took much more of a driver's seat in it's making, and the process has forced me to do a lot of growing up... I feel like I've really found my voice. I'm very excited about the line up of the band, and the songwriting includes some of my very favorites.”
For more information about the Honeycutters and their tour dates, please visit: www.thehoneycutters.com. For news from the road, please visit www.facebook.com/Honeycutters and twitter.com/thehoneycutters.
Turns out there is more than just Oklahoma as a connection between the legendary Gene Autry and the contemporary James Robert Webb. As connections go, it gets real curious.
The story begins in 1927, when Gene Autry landed his first radio job as “Oklahoma’s Yodeling Cowboy” on a Tulsa station and by 1935 Autry became known as the guitar strumming, “Singing Cowboy.” Since then, 80 years later, Oklahoman James Robert Webb has taken the hybrid of Singing Cowboy to a new level with his “day job” as a…wait for it…doctor! James Robert Webb, MD. wears a stethoscope around his neck by day and a guitar strap by night.
Gene Autry’s first hit record was titled, “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine”, recounting memories of his father. James Robert Webb’s current single , “Daddy Made a Million” recalls his father’s hard work and what he left behind that was more valuable than money.
Gene Autry was a regular performer on a national radio show called “Barn Dance.” James Robert Webb’s previous single was “Party in the Barn,” a foot-stompin’, old school country party song.
Gene Autry toured the world. James Robert Webb is currently playing country stages on tour in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
James Robert Webb is a native of Kellyville, Oklahoma who embodies the spirit of traditional family values and often says he aims to create music that he’d be proud to play in front of his children. By the way, Gene Autry made famous the holiday classic: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Curious connections indeed.
Webb’s own musical journey started as an early teen when he picked up a guitar and also tinkered with a variety of musical instruments. He soon went on to win the title of All-State Jazz Pianist while still in high school.
“Party in the Barn” was Webb’s first single of note which showcased his tender twang and articulate vocal delivery. Mike Thomas, Program Director at KWRE, summed up the song and Webb’s sound vis-a-vie, “Party in the Barn,” as “an honest to goodness bonafide country party song with an old school feel.”
“Party in the Barn” recently became a hit in Great Briton with heavy rotation on the radio there. And now, as his current single “Daddy Made A Million” is beginning to heat up, James Robert Webb is currently on a radio and concert tour in the U.K and Ireland.
The tour adds terrific momentum to a career that you might say is “just what the doctor ordered.”
In case you were wondering, Dr, Robert James Webb’s medical practice specializes in efforts to eliminate pain specifically focusing on osteoporosis and fixing painful vertebral compression fractures what he considers to be woefully under-recognized causes of pain and suffering. Dr. James Robert Webb’s next album is due out soon.
“..belted out notes that would have made Aretha Franklin weep.”
--Ann Powers, NPR
“ Judd demonstrated that she had talent and personality to relaunch her own career, and have enough left over for three other acts.”
--Gavin Edwards, Rolling Stone
American music icon WYNONNA JUDD and her band The Big Noise--husband/producer/drummer Cactus Moser, guitarist Justin Weaver and bassist Dow Tomlin--raised the chapel's roof last Friday night (3/20) at the packed St. David's Bethel Hall in her SXSW debut performance. In its coverage of the show (below), Rolling Stone headlined its piece: “Wynonna Judd Reinvents Herself On Small SXSW Stage.”
Taking the stage at midnight, WYNONNA mixed her classic solo hits as well as material from the Judds--and for the first time ever, she performed three new songs from her upcoming Moser-produced albumon Curb Records: “Cool Ya,” “Jesus and a Jukebox,” and her take on Buddy & Julie Miller’s “You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast.”
During her stirring stories-and-songs set, which was sponsored by SAG-AFTRA, WYNONNA recounted how Austin holds a very special place in her heart: she spent time in the city when she was 14 and had the opportunity to see Stevie Ray Vaughan and his brother Jimmy rehearse.
NPR’s Ann Powers--who earlier in the day interviewed WYNONNA and Cactus as part of an official SXSW panel inside the convention center, also sponsored by SAG-AFTRA--was among those in the overflowing church. Of the 70-minute set, Powers wrote:
“The Nashville superstar is in transition, moving from studio-polished pop to a rawer, more intimate style in a small combo anchored by her husband and producer, Cactus Moser, on drums. Wynonna shared material from her upcoming album and reworked major hits like ‘She Is His Only Need’ with clean arrangements that highlighted her still-extraordinary voice…[she] belted out notes that would have made Aretha Franklin weep. ‘I was named after Wynonie Harris, so I'm blues on the inside,’ she declared before delivering a face-melting version of Robert Johnson's ‘Crossroads.’ Wynonna let it all hang out tonight. It was clear she can get wherever she wants to go.” (3/21/15).
Gary Graff of Billboard noted that “…it was appropriate she played her first South By Southwest show ever at the Bethel Hall in St. David's Episcopal Church, where less than 250 faithful--and some new converts--witnessed an intimately soulful and soul-baring performance that was loose and heartfelt. The set mixed her irreverent wit with some genuinely poignant commentary…[she] certainlyshowed plenty of heart during the nearly 70-minute, 14-song show, as well as her lusty, force-of-nature pipes that reverberated with formidable authority around the high, wooden church ceiling.” (3/21/15).
Rolling Stone’s Gavin Edwards shared: “…Judd played music, both her old hits and three new tunes from a forthcoming, unfinished album. Without overblown production, the emphasis was on her big, bluesy voice — she said that at an early age, she wanted to be known as ‘Shelvis,’ and her Presley roots came through as she took control of her own music, and her own story…Judd demonstrated that she had talent and personality to relaunch her own career, and have enough left over for three other acts.” (3/22/15)
Elsewhere, Eric Webb of Austin American-Statesman’s Austin360.com raved: “…country legend Wynonna Judd kicked off an intimate — but bless your heart, you better believe larger than life — SXSW set at St. David’s Bethel Hall shortly after midnight…It would be hard to imagine another show at the festival like this one. Judd, in command of her high-octane, virtuoso voice and fiery personality, wove classic standards, unreleased songs from her forthcoming album, humble reflections and side-splitting yarns together seamlessly.” (3/21/15)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 24, 2015) – Following his 80+ city, sold-out headlining “YEE YEE NATION” tour, country music sensation Granger Smith announced today his forthcoming EP, 4X4, will be available on May 4 via Thirty Tigers. Esteemed producer Frank Rogers, whose credits include Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner, helmed the four-song project, which includes a new track from Granger’s notorious country boy alter-ego, Earl Dibbles Jr.
The EP’s debut single, “Backroad Song,” has garnered the #2 spot on the iTunes Country chart and has been applauded for its “strong songwriting” and “vivid imagery” (Taste of Country). The song impacts national radio and is available on iTunes today. Click HERE to listen to the track. An official lyric video will accompany the song and will hit YouTube and social media tomorrow.
“After years of making music in my home studio, it's an honor to collaborate with my long time friend, Frank Rogers on this new EP and full length album,” said Smith. “I consider Frank as having the best ear for a country song in the entire industry and it has been so inspiring watching our two worlds come together to make music. As busy as I've gotten the last few years on tour, there's no way for me to handle an entire project by myself anymore. The albums I release are stories of my life and there is no one I trust more with my songs than Frank Rogers.”
“I have been a friend and fan of Granger Smith for a long time,” mimicked Rogers. “He is a uniquely talented artist who has an amazing way of connecting with his fans through his music. He is honest, heartfelt, and down right hilarious. It has been an honor and a blast to collaborate with Granger on his new album. I feel the sky is the limit for Granger and I am proud to be along for the ride.”
Granger Smith is taking the U.S. by storm. His current "YEE YEE NATION" national tour has sold out and broken attendance records and merchandise sales records at nearly every venue. With a staggering 28.4 million YouTube views, a rabid social media following of over 3.3 million, Smith’s posts, shares and retweets generate astonishing engagement levels. On average, a post from Granger on Facebook reaches over 1 million and a post from his alter-ego "Earl Dibbles Jr." reaches a whopping 22 million. Never in the history of country music has an unsigned artist had this kind of loyal and unwavering fanbase.
4X4 track listing:
1. Backroad Song
3. Tailgate Town
4. City Boy Stuck (featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.)
For more information on new music and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, please visit:
Nashville, Tenn. (March 24, 2015) – While The Gettin’ Is Good, the 10th album, from singer/songwriter, producer and guitarist, Corey Smith, is set to drop June 23rd on Sugar Hill Records.
This project marks the first time that the singer-songwriter and wildly popular touring artist, who has produced all of his past efforts, has turned over the reins to a bona fide country music producer in Keith Stegall, best known for his work with fellow Georgians Zac Brown Band and country icon Alan Jackson. Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, and Ronnie's Place in Nashville, TN, Smith is featured alongside musical heavy-hitters Mike Hines, Kris Dale, Lee Davis, Antwane McMullin, Eric Darken, Dan Dugmore, John Willis, Stuart Duncan and Sam Levin among others.
Smith says, “"I always dreamed of being able to make a record like this. I wanted to explore all the possibilities of a song and work with a producer who was among the best and who could teach me," he says. "What makes me different is that I write all these songs, and I write them from the heart. I've lived them."
The result is Smith's most ambitious record yet, a collection of 12 songs, While The Gettin' Is Good, written entirely by Smith. As such, it's a deeply personal album, one that explores themes of love, hometown pride and even personal discovery. In today’s country music climate, there is an abundance of artists and songwriters chomping at the bit to tell you just how “country” they are. But none represents the genuine rural lifestyle quite like Smith.
Included on the record is “Feet Wet,” a metaphor-rich exploration of an ideal summer day, `high-energy fan favorite “Dahlonega,” making its first full production appearance on a studio release and “PRIDE” about coming of age and celebrating his hometown roots.
Smith has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation. He has also previously released nine albums—including 2011’s Top 20 release The Broken Record—all written and produced by Smith himself. His concerts, documented on 2012’s live release, Live in Chattanooga, regularly sell out, with audiences singing along to such crowd pleasers as the coming-of-age anthem “Twenty-One,” the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again” and the group hug “I Love Everyone.”
Smith already has an extensive list of solo dates planned for 2015 to support While The Gettin’ Is Good, and plans to appear at the Carolina Country Music Festival with Big & Rich and Eric Church as well as Rock the South in Cullman, Ala. While The Gettin’ Is Good is available June 23rd on Sugar Hill Records.
Connect with Corey Smith
www.coreysmith.com | www.facebook.com/coreysmithmusic
2015-03-26 Winston-Salem, NC - The Rock House Tavern at Ziggy’s
2015-03-27 Columbia, SC - Music Farm Columbia
2015-03-28 Charleston, SC - Music Farm
2015-04-17 Baton Rouge, LA - Texas Club
2015-04-18 Austin, TX - Palm Door
2015-04-24 Montgomery, AL - Huntington College
2015-04-25 Destin, FL - Club LA
2015-04-30 Live Oak, FL - Suwannee River Jam 2015
2015-05-02 Conway, AR - Toadsuck Daze Festival
2015-05-07 Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center
2015-05-08 Leesburg, VA - Tally Ho Theatre
2015-05-09 Rootstown, OH - Dusty Armadillo
2015-06-06 Myrtle Beach, SC - Carolina Country Festival
2015-06-20 Cullman, AL - Rock the South 2015
2015-06-25 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
2015-06-27 Fort Worth, TX - Billy Bob's
2015-07-11 Corinth, MS - Slugburger Festival
2015-08-21 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
Nashville, TN (March 24, 2015) – Country music superstar Brad Paisley will host a night of stand-up comedy featuring comedians Jon Reep, Greg Hahn, Theo Von, Sarah Tiana, Keith Alberstadt and more at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall on Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the weeklong Wild West Comedy Festival. Year two of the festival is set for Tuesday, April 14 through Sunday, April 19 in Nashville, and brings a full slate of all-star comedians to its lineup. Tickets to the Paisley-hosted evening go on sale this Friday, March 27 at www.wildwestcomedyfestival.com.
As host, Paisley will introduce and interact with each of the scheduled comedians. No stranger to the comedy world, Paisley has lent his voice to Comedy Central’s Emmy Award-winning, animated show “South Park” and has a flair of his own for comedic animation, humorous songs and goofball antics on tour. Paisley has fine-tuned his live comedic timing in his role as co-host of the CMA Awards, as a character on sitcoms and numerous appearances on television talk shows.
This year’s Wild West Comedy Festival’s stellar lineup also includes previously announced performersKevin Hart, Cristela Alonzo, Eric Andre, Doug Benson, Lewis Black, Hannibal Buress, Steve Byrne,Frank Caliendo, Jeff Garlin, Anjelah Johnson, Colin Jost, Nick Kroll, Joel McHale, John Mulaney, Tig Notaro, Jeanne Robertson and Rory Scovel.
In addition, truTV’s Impractical Jokers will return with their all-new ‘Where’s Larry?’ Tour, starring The Tenderloins; and Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will present their popular podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old. Filmmakers David Zucker and Jerry Zucker will oversee a screening of the classic comedy Airplane!, followed by an audience Q&A.
More than 20,000 attended the inaugural festival in 2014, and were treated to more than 29 shows from the all-star lineup. Based on last year’s success, the 2015 event has added one day, extending the festival to a total of six days. Full schedule and ticket information is available at www.wildwestcomedyfestival.com
The festival’s venue partners include some of the most iconic locations in Nashville such as the Ryman Auditorium, TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall and James K. Polk Theater, Bridgestone Arena, Belcourt Theatre, City Winery Nashville, Zanies Nashville and Exit/In.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (March 24, 2015) – Sunny Sweeney, known for unapologetically real lyrics, bears it all in her vulnerable new single “My Bed,” featuring Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Will Hoge. Sweeney will release the “My Bed” music video as the first video off her album Provoked, and it will premiere exclusively on CMT and CMT.com today, March 24, beginning in the 6 a.m. ET hour. Check out the video here.
Directed by Michael Poncé, the video gives an intimate look into the deterioration of a marriage, portrayed by Sweeney and Hoge. The video features flashback video clips of romantic, happy moments juxtaposed against current footage of the couple as distance grows between them.
“Obviously, I love a song if I’ve ever recorded it. But, not everything becomes a single and even fewer singles become a video,” explained Sweeney. “Will [Hoge]’s vocals really took this song to another level in the studio and now his performance on camera is piercingly captivating for me. Director Michael Poncé captured our vision for this song and we had a great day making this video.”
"Sunny has one of the finest voices around,” expressed Hoge. “I love her songs and how they always seem to paint a picture. The video perfectly captures the true sadness of a relationship falling apart right before your eyes. She's also someone I consider a close friend so the opportunity to get to work with her on this track was an absolute no brainer for me.”
“My Bed” is the second single from Sweeney’s critically acclaimed third studio album, Provoked, which was named as one of the Top 10 Country Albums of 2014 by Rolling Stone.
“It was a great experience working with Sunny and Will on the video for ‘My Bed’,” said Poncé. “Their chemistry together really brought the song and lyrics to life during their performance."
Alan Cackett, editor of Maverick Magazine, gave Provoked rave reviews, writing: "Excellent songwriting abounds ... each song is made with nuggets of intelligent original creativity, and the rootsy production perfectly captures the essence of the songs. It sounds like real, handmade country music, from some world-class makers."
The Washington Post notes, “On her third album, Sweeney sings about lonely hearts, cheating hearts and busted hearts with her chin up, proving she still belongs alongside Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson on Nashville's A-list of no-guff-takers" and No Depression observes that Sweeney “gives voice to a reality lovers often can’t bring themselves to acknowledge — that the intimacy between them has hardened into strangeness.”
Sweeney just came off the road with Miranda Lambert where she opened for select dates on Lambert’s Certified Platinum Tour. The run included a hometown show at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas where Amy McCarthy of The Dallas Observer called Sweeney “an artist who deserves the same type of fame that Lambert has achieved after working it out for years on Texas' stages. [. . .] Sweeney's similar badass Texas girl brand is infectious and enjoyable to listen to... If there has ever been stronger proof that Texas grows the most badass women on the planet than this bill, I'll eat my hat.”
Sweeney is the only female to take the top spot in the last 10 years on the Texas Music Charts, with her last single “Bad Girl Phase.” The single was named No. 12 on Rolling Stone’s Best Country Songs of 2014.
For more information about Sunny Sweeney, visit www.sunnysweeney.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan Announce Release of Single & Video for "Crossing Muddy Waters"
Nashville, Tenn. (March 23, 2015) - Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan – each a tour de force in their own right as mainstays in the folk and roots world – will release a 7 inch May 8th via Sugar Hill Records and Yep Roc Records, which is available now for preorder here. The vinyl features the John Hiatt tune “Crossing Muddy Waters," available digitally today on iTunes, and is backed with an a cappella version of Andy Stroud’s “Be My Husband.” An in-studio video of the trio recording the track "Crossing Muddy Waters” can be seen here.
The 7 inch, which showcases the distinctly beautiful vocal collaboration of all three women, is recorded by Grammy-winning producer Alex Venguer (Sting, John Legend, Loudon Wainwright) at 2nd Story in New York and mixed by Sugar Hill's VP of A&R, Grammy-winning engineer and producer Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton). Also fine instrumentalists, "Crossing Muddy Waters" features Watkins on fiddle, Jarosz on banjo and O’Donovan on guitar.
“One thing I’m really excited about in terms of this particular group of voices is that each individual has a lot more range than people might think,” O’Donovan said "it’s going to be fun experimenting with different dynamic and harmonic possibilities.”
Watkins, Jarosz and O’Donovan crossed paths many times throughout their careers, however, it was after an impromptu joint performance at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival that led the trio to the idea of a collaboration.
“I respect Sarah and Aoife’s instrumental and vocal musicianship so much,” Watkins said. "Writing, arranging, every time we play together we are learning how to be a supportive, explosive, good band. That’s very satisfying.”
The “I’m With Her Tour,” premiered during February’s Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. Their performances are a culmination of the trio together as one band; sets include a mix of each other’s songs, cover songs and traditional songs. Watkins, Jarosz and O’Donovan visit Europe in April and May, with dates in Sweden, Spain and the UK. Later in May they kick off their North American dates with two nights at Wolf Trap as part of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and continue on to some of the US and Canada's premiere music festivals.
“I’m really excited about this trio because we each do our own thing and we each do it differently, so I’m looking forward to discovering all of the unique possibilities that come with combining our individual voices,” Jarosz said.
Watkins, Jarosz and O’Donovan have each begun working on their next solo records after spending the bulk of 2014 on the road. Watkins toured to support her release, Sun Midnight Sun, as well as A Dotted Line, the new Nickel Creek release. Jarosz just completed a year of touring for her latest release Build Me Up From Bones; and Aoife wrapped up touring for her album Fossils as well as special appearances surrounding The Goat Rodeo Sessions.
2015-04-18 Uppsala, Sweden - Folkmusikgalan
2015-04-19 Barcelona, Spain - Theatre Principal
2015-04-21 Bristol, UK - Clifton Cathedral
2015-04-23 Biddulph, UK - Town Hall
2015-04-24 Gateshead, UK - Sage Gateshead
2015-04-25 Bury, UK - The Met (Sold Out)
2015-04-26 Sheffield, UK - Memorial Hall
2015-04-28 London, UK - Union Chapel
2015-04-29 Oxford, UK - St. Johns the Evangelist
2015-05-01 Belfast, UK - Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
2015-05-02 Londonderry, UK - Culturlann Ui Chanin
2015-05-03 Kilkenny, Ireland - Kilkenny Roots Festival
2015-05-04 Sligo, Ireland - The Hawks Well Theatre
2015-05-05 Dublin, Ireland - Whelan's
2015-05-22 Vienna, VA - A Prairie Home Companion
2015-05-23 Vienna, VA - A Prairie Home Companion
2015-07-10 Katonah, NY - Caramoor
2015-07-11 Mt. Solon, VA - Red Wing Roots
2015-07-25 Lyons, CO - Rockygrass
2015-08-29 Fayetteville, AR - Fayetteville Town Center
2015-09-05 Pagosa Springs, CO - Four Corners Folk Festival
2015-09-19 North Adams, MA - FreshGrass
Additional Tour Dates to be Announced Soon
Chicago, Illinois (March 21, 2015)-- Fleetwood Mac christened the building on March 14, 1980 and throughout its history Rosemont, Illinois' now-dubbed Allstate Arena has housed some of the greatest names in entertainment. Everyone from The Allman Brothers to The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band to The Eagles and McCartney have fashioned the arena a touring mainstay in America's heartland, but last night (March 20,2015), and nearly 35 years to the day since its opening, 7-time GRAMMY nominee Eric Church set the new bar for live concert attendance with 18,626 fervent fans assembled for hisThe Outsiders World Tour.
"Our journey in the city started in 2005 for about 20 people on Weed Street at a place called Joe's Bar. Those 20 were loud and proud, and they turned this thing into damn near 20,000," a tireless Church professed.
The arena's previous record was set in 2007 by Vicente Fernández with 18,452 in attendance, as verified by Allstate Arena Executive Director, Patrick Nagle.
The Outsiders World Tour features a 360-degree stage configuration allowing for optimal fan engagement on the floor and in the aptly-named "Choir Loft" surrounding the stage so fans to have the upmost personal, insider experience with the Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year nominated entertainer.
The tour has become known not only for its crowds but also for its varied set list which spanned nearly two-and-a-half hours last night.
March 20, 2015 Set List:
Guys Like Me
Lotta Boot Left to Fill
How 'Bout You
Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
Drink In My Hand
That's Damn Rock & Roll
Give Me Back My Hometown
Country Music Jesus
Smoke A Little Smoke
Can't Take It With You When You Go
Livin' Part of Life
What I Almost Was
The Ballad of Curtis Loew
Like Jesus Does
A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young
Church continues The Outsiders World Tour on March 26 in Tallahassee, Florida at the Leon Country Civic Center. Fans can also tune in on Sunday, April 19 to CBS to see Church perform on the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards at 7p CT/8ET. To buy tickets or learn more about Eric Church, visit www.EricChurch.com and Facebook.com/EricChurch, or follow at@EricChurch on Twitter.