Friday, June 1, 2012

Church's "Blood, Sweat & Beers" sets Carolina return

Grammy-nominated country music hit-maker and Granite Falls, NC-native Eric Church brings his "Blood, Sweat, & Beers" Tour to his home state in November. He headlines Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte November 28.

The fall tour caps a banner year for Church. His album "Chief" debuted at #1 on both the Country and Billboard 200 charts in July 2011. In January the album's second single, "Drink in My Hand" marked Church's first #1 hit. Its third single, "Springsteen," recently cracked the Hot 100 - signaling his crossover status. Over 25 dates on his recent headlining tour have sold out. Oh, and there was that Grammy nomination for Best Country Album (it went to Lady Antebellum).

He and his wife Katherine also welcomed their first child, Boone McCoy, in October 2011.

Church's fall tour begins in Amherst, Mass. in mid-September and runs through mid-December. Special guests Justin Moore and Kip Moore (no relation) will open the tour, which also stops at Columbia's Colonial Life Arena November 30.

Church, 35, grew up in Granite Falls near Hickory and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in marketing. In addition to his biggest country hits "Drink in My Hand" and "Springsteen," his Top 20 country singles include "Two Pink Lines," "Homeboy," "Love Your Love the Most," "Smoke a Little Smoke" and "Guys Like Me."

Tickets for many of his early fall shows go on sale June 8, but an on-sale date for Charlotte's concert has not yet been announced. Keep an eye on for updated sale dates. Church plays Buffalo, New York tonight and has US dates booked throughout the summer.