Apparently, Eric and the wife like to play a little game where they try to name all of George’s 60 number one singles. You go back and forth naming Strait hits, and if you’re wrong, you have to take a drink.
According to Eric, it’s WAY harder than you’d think.
“My wife and I used to play a game where we would try to guess which songs were number one by George Strait, and it was a drinking game.
The interesting thing about George is that you can’t imagine what 60 number ones are, but what you really can’t imagine is the ones that are not number one
If it wasn’t a number one, you had to drink and you wouldn’t believe how many nights we were stunned.”
Easy, fun, and all about George Strait… sounds like the best drinking game I’ve ever heard of.
“Cowboys Like Us”
Eric Church Announces ‘The Outsiders Revival Tour
Set to kickoff this summer in Milwaukee with Elle King and run through September in Tampa, Florida, Chief is bringing along an incredible cast of 18 different rotating openers with him on his first headlining amphitheater tour, with the likes of:
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 rotating as openers on select dates.
I mean, I knew he was already planning to bring along some heavy hitters, but damn… this is gonna be insane.
Needless to say, it’s going to be a helluva run for the North Carolina native, who is constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to his live shows and the live music experience for fans.
Of course, the original Outsiders World Tour occurred in 2014, following the release of his 4th career studio album, The Outsiders.
However, after quite a few years of running solo, playing 3-hour sets all on his own, Chief is finally getting back to having some openers on his upcoming summer tour. And not just any regular opener… some of the best artists in country music right now, which is one of the coolest parts about this announcement.
Eric says it will be a whole new ballgame for his team on this outdoor summer tour trek, headlining outdoor amphitheaters across the country for the very first time:
“When I approach touring, I’m always inspired by a new experience, a new way to gather, to express ourselves sonically and visually.
Whether it’s solo, in the round, double down; being able to bring a different perspective has always brought out our best creatively. Well, we have never done an outdoor summer tour. Never headlined amphitheaters.
Never brought a summer experience to your town that featured artists we want to share the summer with. Until now. See you in the season of sunshine with some fellow outsiders that shine brightest when the sun goes down.”
In one of the previous teasers, he included a clip from his 2013 Caught in the Act live album, where he details his first amphitheater concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, so this venture seems to also be some sort of nod to that early inspiration in a way:
“I still remember my first amphitheater concert. I was 16-years-old.”
With 27 cities on the schedule, if he’ll be anywhere near you with any one of his incredible openers, don’t miss it. He is truly one of, if not the, best live performers in all of country music.
This is easily the tour of the summer in my opinion, and I can only hope an album announcement won’t be too far behind… he released his most recent triple album, Heart & Soul, in April of 2021.
Tickets for Eric’s Church Choir members will be available starting Tuesday, January 17th at 10 a.m. (which is definitely the best route if you want to avoid a Ticketmaster fiasco trying to buy tickets), with all tickets going on sale to the general public next Friday, January 20th at 10 a.m.
Eric Church 2023 Tour Dates
* denotes festival dates
April 14* Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Tortuga Music Festival
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 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 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 23* Minot, N.D. / North Dakota State Fairgrounds North Dakota State Fair
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. 18 Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean
Aug. 19 Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean
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. 15 Albuquerque, N.M. / Isleta Amphitheater Paul Cauthen, Hailey Whitters
Sept. 16 Phoenix, Ariz. / Ak-Chin Pavilion Jelly Roll, Paul Cauthen
Sept. 22 Atlanta, Ga. / Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Whiskey Myers
Sept. 23 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