Eric Church - Country Throwdown tour dates + "Hell on the Heart

In the midst of a spring and summer tour that has earned praise from the Tennessean, Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer and Washington Post, Eric Church will headline the Outlaw Stage of the Country Throwdown Tour.

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For the Country Throwdown dates, which also feature Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Jack Ingram, and Little Big Town, among others, Church and his band will perform a very rare, intimate "Unplugged and Uncensored" show of which no two performances will be the same.

Eric Church's special sets will begin at 5:25PM (subject to change) at the Outlaw Stage in the Festival Area of each date and will feature the same energy as the super charged shows for which Church is known.

The Country Throwdown Tour will travel through 23 cities from May 14 - June 20, 2010.

"I wanted to do something special for this tour to add to the outdoor, tailgate-like atmosphere and give the Throwdown fans a unique and intimate experience," Church says of the unplugged performances. "Who knows, we may even try out some new songs I'm working on for the new record."

In between tour stops, Church has also worked to help those who have been hit hardest by the recent flood destruction in his homebase of Nashville. Church has aided with supplies to the local Humane Society and encourages fans to help out in any way they can by visiting

Church is touring to support his widely praised sophomore effort Carolina. The album debuted at #17 on Billboard's Top 200 and #4 on the country charts and has yielded the singles "Hell on the Heart," which is currently Top 10 on the Billboard and Mediabase country radio charts, and "Love Your Love the Most," which also reached the Top 10.

Rolling Stone praised the album's "surging guitars bolstering good-ol'-boy narratives," and The New York Times declared, "His music puts rock muscle behind honky-tonk and turns ballads into intimate close-ups."

Carolina follows the breakthrough success of Church's critically acclaimed first effort Sinners Like Me, which claimed three Top 20 singles and a #1 video. The album earned Church widespread praise from Associated Press, Rolling Stone, People Magazine and The New York Times.

Eric Church 2010 tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

* Country Throwdown Tour

May 2010

May 14 Ford Amphitheatre Tampa, FL*
May 15 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL*
May 16 Metropolitan Park Jacksonville, FL*
May 20 Blossom Music Center Cleveland, OH*
May 21 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH*
May 22 First Midwest Bank Chicago, IL*
May 23 Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis, IN*
May 27 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC*
May 28 Time Warner Cable Music Raleigh, NC*
May 29 Post Gazette Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA*
May 30 Saratoga Springs City Center Saratoga Springs, NY*
May 31 U.S. Cellular Pavilion Gilford, NH*

June 2010

June 4 Verizon Wireless Virginia Virginia Beach, VA*
June 5 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ*
June 6 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA*
June 9 Sam Houston Racepark Houston, TX*
June 10 Center Dallas, TX*
June 12 USANA Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT*
June 13 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre Denver, CO*
June 16 Rabobank Arena Bakersfield, CA*
June 17 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre San Diego, CA*
June 18 Cricket Wireless Pavilion Phoenix, AZ*
June 19 Verizon Wireless Irvine, CA*
June 20 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA*
June 22 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
June 23 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
June 24 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
June 25 Headwaters Country Jam Three Forks, MT
June 27 Chippewa Valley Country Fest Cadot, WI

July 2010

July 8 KBEQ Kansas City, MO
July 9 Stir Cove Council Bluffs, IA
July 10 Davis County Fair Bloomfield, IA
July 11 Hodag Festival Rhinelander, WI
July 14 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
July 15 Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB
July 16 Craven Country Jamboree Craven, SK
July 17 Shrine Auditorium Billings, MT
July 18 Casper Events Center Casper, WY
July 22 Country Thunder Twin Lakes, WI
July 23 Adams County Fair Hastings, NE
July 24 Rushmore Theatre Rapid City, SD
July 25 ND State Fair Minot, ND

"Eric Church puts the rebel yell in country music." - Washington Post

"He can drop a punch line with the deftness of Brad Paisley ("Before She Does"), inspire a bit of hell-raising a la Waylon and Willie at their outlaw finest ("Smoke a Little Smoke") and fan the fires of romance as well as any of the heartthrobs dominating the country charts ("Love Your Love the Most")." - Los Angeles Times

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