Eric Church To Take the Stage For Exclusive Two-Night Residency at CMA Theater

The “two unprecedented evenings” will take place on August 29 and August 30.

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Lexi Liby

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June 22, 2023

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Eric Church will be the 18th artist-in-residence to perform at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum’s annual artist-in-residence series showcases an artist with an exceptional composition of work while allowing them to put together a one-of-a-kind performance over multiple evenings.

Church will play two shows starting at 8 p.m., on Tuesday, August 29th, and Wednesday, August 30th. Tickets will be available to Church’s “Church Choir” fan club on June 22 and to the public on June 23. All proceeds from the tickets will benefit the nonprofit museum’s educational mission and the ticket prices range from $75 to $500 (plus ticketing fees). All sales are limited to four tickets per transaction on a first come, first serve basis and are non-refundable.

Eric Church CMHOF Artist-In-Residence
Eric Church CMHOF Artist-In-Residence

“Throughout his career, Eric has constantly stretched boundaries with his music and challenged long-standing conventions in his recordings and his live performances,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Our artist-in-residence series offers him the freedom to showcase his ever-evolving creative vision. We’re grateful to him for volunteering his time and fierce individualism to the series, which benefits the museum and its nonprofit mission.”

The 10-time Grammy nominee will join a respected group of past participants that includes 10 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Cowboy Jack Clement began the series in 2003, followed by other past honorees including (in chronological order) Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Marty Stuart and John Prine

Eric Church; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Eric Church; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

“As a student of the rich history of country music’s most prolific artists, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a shrine of reverence for this songwriter’s heart,” Church said in a release. “I’m honored and humbled to be included in such esteemed company.”

Creating a sound that is uniquely his own, Church clings to his artistic identity throughout his more than two decades in Nashville, Tennessee. With this approach, he has earned a devoted audience and amassed an impressive list of accolades including 10 Billboard No.1 country radio hits and multiple gold, platinum, and multi-platinum-certified albums. He’s also written or co-written almost all the songs he has recorded and released. Church continues to sell out venues with his live show performances and he works to challenge his own musical approach with every new level of success he achieves.

Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul
Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul

As well as serving as 2023 artist-in-residence, Church will also be the subject of a new exhibition at the museum exploring the life and career of the CMA Entertainer of the Year winner. Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul, presented by Gibson, will open July 13 and it will document Church’s path to fame. From his early years playing late-night gigs in bars and writing songs in Nashville to his notability as one of country music’s most authentic voices and rule-breakers. The exhibit will run until June 2024, and it will be included with museum admission. 

Eric Church is set to launch his The Outsiders Revival Tour on June 22 in Milwaukee, Wisc. The trek runs through mid-October and will feature a rotating lineup of emerging artists across varying dates, Whiskey Myers, Cody Jinks, Jelly Roll, Ashley McBryde, Koe Wetzel, Lainey Wilson, Midland, Parker McCollum, Travis Tritt, Elle King and Paul Cauthen, plus Jackson Dean, Morgan Wade, Muscadine Bloodline, Shane Smith & The Saints, Hailey Whitters, Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Red Clay Strays.

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Lexi Liby

I am a senior at Kansas State University, where I am majoring in Communication Studies. Throughout my time at college, I’ve had the opportunity to publish a few of my pieces in the University’s newspaper, The Collegian, and I’ve created my own website. I’ve previously interned for Country Insider, an iHeartMedia-owned country music industry newsletter and I am currently interning for CountryNow, a Red Light Management owned publication. I’m very passionate about music and writing, so I hope to find myself in a career that incorporates both of these passions.