Eric Church Is ‘Hopeful and Quite Confident’ That Concerts Will Return This Year

With 2020 now in the rearview, many fans are hopeful that the new year will see the return of live…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 3, 2021

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With 2020 now in the rearview, many fans are hopeful that the new year will see the return of live music, and the same rings true for Eric Church. 

In a recent interview with his record label, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year shared his thoughts on when live shows will return and admitted he’s more than ready for that to happen. 

“I think, for me, the thing I’m looking forward to most [in 2021] is getting around the corner from this virus and getting some kind of normalcy,” he shared, adding that he is “confident” that 2021 will be the year that the virus will be put “in the rearview.” 

Church hopes that with vaccine distribution already in the works that the cases will drop between January and May and allow for live shows to slowly make their way back. 

“I think [there’s a] higher likelihood that we’ll be on a stage somewhere in the fall, late summer/fall, and then certainly into the fourth quarter,” he explained. “So, I’m looking forward to that.”

Although he realizes that things may start off slow, Church is “hopeful and quite confident” that live music will return in the coming months. 

“I know there may be some early stuff where we can’t be at capacity,” he acknowledged. “I get that, but I’m looking forward to being back at capacity and being, seeing people grouped up and arms around each other’s shoulders and just, I miss that. I miss playing. I miss the camaraderie. I miss going town-to-town and doing that. It’s just what I was born to do, and I miss seeing the fans.”

Until then, Church will likely continue his run of releasing new music. In recent months, the North Carolina native has surprised fans with the release of tracks such as “Bad Mother Trucker,” “Crazyland” and “Through My Ray-Bans.” 

Most recently, Church shared the song “Doing Life With Me.” Co-written by Church alongside Casey Beathard and Jeffrey Steele, the heartfelt tune finds the singer/songwriter showing his gratitude for those who have helped him along the way as he’s navigated his musical career. 

Eric Church’s latest single, “Hell Of A View,” is at country radio now. 

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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.