NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the life and ever-growing career of 10-time GRAMMY nominee and CMA Entertainer of the year Eric Church in its newest exhibition, Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul, presented by Gibson. The exhibit will chronicle Church's unique path to stardom, from his early years playing late-night gigs in bars and writing songs in Nashville to his current prominence as one of country music's most authentic voices and revered rule-breakers. The exhibit, which opens July 13 and runs through June 2024, is included with museum admission. Having long eschewed industry norms with a sound and approach uniquely his own, the man praised by The Wall Street Journal as “knowledgeable and respectful of country’s history, but not shackled by it” has held tight to his artistic identity throughout his more than two decades in Nashville, earning a devoted audience and amassing an impressive list of accolades, including 10 Billboard #1 country radio hits and over 50 million units sold across multiple Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum-certified albums. A revered storyteller, Church has also written or co-written almost all of the songs he has recorded and released. He continues to fill sold-out venues with his raucous live show, as well as challenge his own musical approach with every new level of success he achieves.
“Eric Church has done it his way completely,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “His steadfast artistic vision and authenticity resonate deeply with audiences, and he continues to serve as an important collaborator and renegade role model for generations of country music artists.” The exhibit will include musical instruments, song manuscripts, stage wear, tour memorabilia, awards, photographs and more from Church’s personal collection. Photos of artifacts featured in the exhibit can be found here. More information about the exhibit can be found on the museum’s website. Examples of items to be displayed include:
the Harmony H-303 three-quarter-size acoustic guitar that belonged to Church when he was a child.
Ray-Ban Aviator Mirror sunglasses worn by Church onstage.
the Von Dutch trucker hat Church bought at a Mississippi truck stop in the late 2000s and began wearing onstage.
the outfit worn by Church on the album cover of The Outsiders and at the CMA Awards in 2013, which includes a Rogue two-tone leather jacket, John Varvatos shirt and Diesel jeans.
a sculpture made from vinyl records of various sizes, which replicates the soundwave of Church’s recording of “Record Year” and was used as a prop in the 2016 music video for the song.
a Gibson Eric Church Hummingbird Dark guitar. Church contributed to the design of the limited-edition guitar and used it on his “Double Down Tour” (2019).
the Tom Ford purple suede jacket that Church wore when he and Jazmine Sullivan sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in 2021.
In support of the exhibit’s opening, the museum will host a public program, Writers’ Round: The Songs of Eric Church, featuring Luke Laird, Jeremy Spillman and others, on Saturday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. The writers will perform and share the stories behind the songs they have crafted with Church. To reserve tickets to the program or learn more about the exhibit, visit the museum’s website.
The exhibit’s announcement comes ahead of Church’s CMA Fest performance at Nissan Stadium this Saturday, June 10 and the kickoff of The Outsiders Revival Tour on June 22. The first fully outdoor tour of his career 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.
Eric Church 2023 Tour Dates * denotes festival dates
June 10* Nashville, Tenn. / Nissan Stadium CMA Fest June 16* Central Point, Ore. / Jackson County Expo Rogue Music Festival June 17* Santa Rosa, Calif. / Sonoma County Fairgrounds Country Summer Music Festival June 22 Milwaukee, Wisc. / American Family Insurance Amphitheater Elle King June 23 Detroit, Mich. / Pine Knob Music Theatre Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays June 24 Cleveland, Ohio / Blossom Music Center Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays June 29 Charleston, S.C. / Credit One Stadium Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays June 30 Charleston, S.C. / Credit One Stadium Parker McCollum, Morgan Wade July 1 Virginia Beach, Va. / Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater Parker McCollum, Morgan Wade July 6 Toronto, Ontario / Budweiser Stage Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints July 7 Toronto, Ontario / Budweiser Stage Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints July 8 Pittsburgh, Pa. / The Pavilion at Star Lake Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints July 14 Cincinnati, Ohio / Riverbend Music Center Travis Tritt, Muscadine Bloodline July 15 St. Louis, Mo. / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Travis Tritt, Muscadine Bloodline July 21* Cheyenne, Wyo. / Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena Cheyenne Frontier Days July 23* Minot, N.D. / North Dakota State Fairgrounds North Dakota State Fair July 27 Rogers, Ark. / Walmart AMP Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard July 28 Dallas, Texas / Dos Equis Pavilion Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard July 29 Austin, Texas / Germania Insurance Amphitheater Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard Aug. 4 Raleigh, N.C. / Coastal Credit Union Music Park Cody Jinks Aug. 5 Bristow, Va. / Jiffy Lube Live Cody Jinks Aug. 11 Indianapolis, Ind. / Ruoff Music Center Cody Jinks Aug. 12 Chicago, Ill. / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Cody Jinks Aug. 13* Des Moines, Iowa / Iowa State Fairgrounds Iowa State Fair Aug. 17 Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean Aug. 18 Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean Aug. 19 Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean Aug. 24 Saratoga Springs, N.Y. / Saratoga Performing Arts Center Lainey Wilson, The Red Clay Strays Aug. 25 Holmdel, N.J. / PNC Bank Arts Center Whiskey Myers Aug. 26 Philadelphia, Pa. / Freedom Mortgage Pavilion Whiskey Myers Sept. 8 Portland, Ore. / RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters Sept. 9 George, Wash. / Gorge Amphitheatre Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters Sept. 10 George, Wash. / Gorge Amphitheatre Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters Sept. 15 Albuquerque, N.M. / Isleta Amphitheater Paul Cauthen, Hailey Whitters Sept. 16 Phoenix, Ariz. / Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre Jelly Roll, Paul Cauthen Sept. 21 Atlanta, Ga. / Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Whiskey Myers Sept. 22 Atlanta, Ga. / Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Whiskey Myers Sept. 23 Charlotte, N.C. / PNC Music Pavilion Whiskey Myers Sept. 24 Charlotte, N.C. / PNC Music Pavilion Whiskey Myers Sept. 29 West Palm Beach, Fla. / iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre Whiskey Myers Sept. 30 Tampa, Fla. / MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Whiskey Myers Oct. 7* Bristol, Tenn. / Bristol Motor Speedway Country Thunder Bristol Oct. 15* Sacramento, Calif. / Discovery Park GoldenSky Festival
About Eric Church Eric Church’s most recent critically acclaimed and chart-topping project, his Heart & Soul triple album, is available everywhere now. Featuring the results of a marathon session during which he spent nearly a month writing and recording a song per day while sequestered in rural North Carolina, the trio features his latest Gold-certified No. 1 “Hell of a View” and recent Top 5 hit “Heart On Fire” as well as his latest single, “Doing Life With Me,” climbing the charts at Country radio now.
Just as unique as Church’s approach to recording and releasing music is his tenacity on the road, with his upcoming The Outsiders Revival Tour bringing a rotating lineup of emerging artists along for the first fully outdoor tour of his career. His prior outing, the 55-city The Gather Again Tour, offered fans an in-the-round show and earned the Billboard Music Award for Top Country Tour. Church also performed one-of-a-kind headlining stadium shows at Milwaukee’s American Family Field and Minneapolis’s U.S. Bank Stadium in 2022 and performed the National Anthem with R&B star Jazmine Sullivan ahead of Super Bowl LV in 2021. During 2019’s Double Down Tour, he played back-to-back nights of two unique shows in each market sans opening act, giving every city’s fans six-plus hours of his iconic music. The tour also featured a massive stop at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, where he broke the venue’s concert attendance record with more than 56,000 fans in attendance and became the first artist to sell out the venue with a solo lineup.
A seven-time ACM Award winner, four-time CMA Award winner (including the 2020 award for Entertainer of the Year) and 10-time GRAMMY nominee, Church has amassed a passionate fan base around the globe known as the Church Choir as well as a critically acclaimed catalog of music. His previous project, the Gold-certified Desperate Man, earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album (his third nod in the category). Prior releases include the Platinum-certified Sinners Like Me (“How ’Bout You,” “Guys Like Me”), Carolina (“Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Love Your Love the Most”) and Mr. Misunderstood (“Record Year,” “Round Here Buzz”), the Double-Platinum certified The Outsiders (“Like a Wrecking Ball,” “Talladega”) and the 3x Platinum-certified Chief (“Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand”), as well as 30 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certified songs.
About the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museumcollects, preserves and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibitions, publications, digital media and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is among the most-visited history museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio B®, Hatch Show Print® poster shop, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive and CMF Press. Museum programs are supported in part by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Commission. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.