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Eric Church Gives a Surprise Show at the Ryman Auditorium

Plays stripped-down selections from The Outsiders.

Eric Church at the 47th CMA Awards in 2013
photo by Todd Wawrychuk/ABC

Following his huge first-week sales with The Outsiders, Eric Church opted to give a lucky few an intimate showcase of his new music at the Ryman Auditorium after midnight last night (Feb. 19).

Intimate might be an understatement: only about half of the Ryman’s lower-level pews were occupied, primarily with visitors from Country Radio Seminar and media and label personnel. Eric didn’t bring his band, only a few guitars and his gonzo producer, Jay Joyce, to accompany him.

The loose and playful set included stripped-down selections from The Outsiders, including new single “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Cold One,” “Roller Coaster” and the metal-influenced title track.

Eric thanked the audience for listening, particularly those in radio. “I know we push you sometimes, and I hope you like us for it,” he said.

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