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.