Press Release


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eric Church is deep in planning and rehearsals for his Holdin’ My Own Tour that kicks-off in January, however until fans get their fix in-person, Eric Church is answering their demand with a new release, Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged.The collection features seven songs, six from Mr. Misunderstood,recorded at the Red Rocks Amphitheater is Morrison, Colo. Church commemorates the surprise release of Mr. Misunderstood on its one-year anniversary— when he dropped it unannounced during the 49th CMA Awards after sending over 80,000 copies directly to his fans— with the release of the live album that features incredible raw versions of songs that insist “music is fuel for love, for anguish and, naturally, for other music” (New York Times).

True to his fans-first approach, Church invited those at home to partake in his two-night concert as he broadcast not only part of his show, but also his announcement of his 60+ city 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour from Facebook Live. Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live, Church’s first live album since 2013’s Caught in the Act: Live, captures this special collection of performances including a Red Rocks Medley of “Mistress Named Music” and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” in whichRolling Stone said Church “delivered his soul-bearing rendition in tender, fragile style, quietly picking a hollow-bodied electric guitar and singing softly, as if he were alone in a giant natural cathedral.”

The release of the Red Rocks album where Church’s “songs posit music as a magical sun shower to bathe in blissfully,” [New York Times] comes as the seven-time GRAMMY nominee celebrates his second single offMr. Misunderstood, “Record Year” hitting the top of the charts. Fans can enjoy the live recording of the three-time CMA Awards and five-time ACM Awards Winner’s recently-released, pertinent current single, “Kill a Word” that “unpacks a mighty image” [AXS] on On the Rocks Liveavailable at Walmart retailers country-wide Nov. 4.

Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged:

1. Mistress Named Music – Red Rocks Medley”
Eric Church – Vocals, Acoustic guitar
Driver Williams – Electric guitar
Jeff Cease – 12 String guitar
Jeff Hyde – Acoustic guitar
Lee Hendricks – Bass guitar
Craig Wright – Drums
Joanna Cotten – background vocals

2. “Chattanooga Lucy”
Eric Church – Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Hyde – Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Cease – 12 String acoustic
Lee Hendricks – Bass
Driver Williams – Electric guitar
Craig Wright – Drums
Joanna Cotten – Back-up vocals, tambourine

3. “Mixed Drinks About Feelings”
Eric Church – Acoustic Guitar, vocals
Jeff Cease – Piano
Joanna Cotten – Backup vocals

4. “Knives of New Orleans”
Eric Church – Acoustic Guitar, vocals

5. “Kill a Word”
Eric Church – Acoustic guitar, vocals
Jeff Hyde – Acoustic guitar
Jeff Cease – Dobro
Craig Wright – Drums
Driver Williams – Electric Guitar
Lee Hendricks – Bass
Joanna Cotten – Backup vocals

6. “Record Year”
Eric Church – Acoustic guitar, vocals
Jeff Cease – Electric Guitar
Lee Hendricks – Piano

7. “Hallelujah”
Eric Church – Electric guitar, vocals

Order the Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & Mostly Unpluggedhere.

Church will set out on his two-set, three-hour-show Holdin’ My Own TourSans-opener Jan. 13, 2017 in Lincoln, Neb. and will wrap in May with a two-night stint in Nashville, Tenn.

Artist Bio

The three-time Country Music Association and five-time Academy of Country Music Award winner cemented his reputation as a maverick by releasing his 2015 album Mr. Misunderstood as a surprise, delivering it to fans before announcing its existence and putting it on sale. He is rising toward the peak of the country charts with “Record Year,” the second single, which Rolling Stone dubbed “the most moving moment” on the widely lauded album.

Church announced his 60+ city 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour via Facebook Live at a two-night show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. The tour, that kicks off in Lincoln, Neb. and ends with a two-night run in Nashville, Tenn., will feature two sets from Church sans openers.

The man New York Times said produces songs that insist music is “fuel for love, for anguish and, naturally, for other music” earned the 2016 CMA Album of the Year Award for Mr. Misunderstood and the 2016 ACM Music Video of the Year Award for the album’s first title-track single.

The North Carolina native’s previous album, The Outsiders, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top Country Albums Chart with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format that year, making Church 2014’s top-selling country music artist. The album garnered GRAMMY, CMA and ACM Album of the Year nominations and featured his No. 1 hits “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Talladega,” as well as multiple nominee “Like A Wrecking Ball.” The Outsiders was the follow-up to Church’s 3x Platinum-certified CHIEF, named the 2012 Album of the Year by both CMA and ACM, and GRAMMY-nominated for Best Country Album. The LP featured five Top 20 singles: “Homeboy” (certified Platinum for sales in excess of one million); the Top 10 “Like Jesus Does” and the Top 5 “Creepin’” (both certified Platinum); and two No. 1 hits “Drink in My Hand” (certified Platinum) and “Springsteen” (certified Double Platinum for sales in excess of 2 million singles).  Church’s sophomore album, Carolina, (2009) is RIAA Platinum certified and his 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me is RIAA Gold certified.


Album Artwork

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