Eric Church Finds a Friend In NBA Legend Michael Jordan

The worlds of country music and sports collided over the weekend when country superstar Eric Church and NBA legend Michael…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 27, 2022

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Eric Church, Michael Jordan; Photo via Facebook

The worlds of country music and sports collided over the weekend when country superstar Eric Church and NBA legend Michael Jordan sipped on tequila together in Nashville. 

Church and Jordan gathered at The Graduate Nashville’s White Limozeen to watch NASCAR with the Graduate founder Ben Weprin.

They sipped on Cincoro Tequila, which is co-owned by Jordan with fellow NBA owners, Jeanie Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers, Wes Edens of the Milwaukee Bucks, Emilia Fazzalari and her husband Wyc Grousbeck of the Boston Celtics. 

Church documented his time with the six-time NBA Championship winner on social media. 

“Enjoyed the fellowship and the libations. Go Heels” Church wrote alongside a photo of the pair. 

The “Doing Life With Me” singer is a life-long fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels, where Jordan played from 1981 to 1984 before the launch of his iconic NBA career.  

Jordan was in Music City for the Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series as he is the principal owner and chairman of 23XI Racing alongside three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.

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Eric Church, a longtime fan of NASCAR, previously released his song “Talladega” in 2014 in celebration of times spent with friends and loved ones at a race.

“I wanted it to be about the emotional attachment that people have to a memory that involved going to a race,” Church previously explained of the song in a press release. ”It wasn’t about the race. It was about being with the people there and having that escapism.”

The song takes its name from NASCAR’s “biggest and baddest track,” The Talladega Speedway, which is located in Alabama. 

Dubbed “NASHCAR,” the Ally 400 took place at the Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 26. The event brought out a plethora of country music artists, including, Kane Brown, who served as the Grand Marshal, as well as Brothers Osborne, who headlined the pre-race concert, and Reyna Roberts, who sang the National Anthem.

Morgan Wallen, Tyler Braden, Chase Rice, Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox, Julia Cole, Peytan Porter, Shelby Darrall, Charles Esten, Halle Kearns, Mason Ramsey, and more were also in attendance. 

Dolly Parton and Keith Urban also partook in the festivities virtually. 

Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports took the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.