When Eric Church surprise released his 2015 album Mr. Misunderstood, it appeared on fan club members’ doorsteps as a vinyl LP. It’s a throwback format that fit well with that particular album, but it wasn’t the first time Church has released his work on wax. All of his albums, including the latest, Desperate Man, appeared that way. Now Church is reissuing his first three records in a special vinyl format.
Beginning January 25th, the singer will release his 2006 debut Sinners Like Me on red-colored vinyl. His 2011 breakout record Chief arrives February 15th, also in red. And Carolina, the 2009 album that yielded his stoner anthem “Smoke a Little Smoke,” will be released on yellow vinyl on April 5th. All three are available for pre-order.
The entertainer launched his 2019 Double Down Tour this past weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, delivering two wildly different sets on Friday and Saturday. Performing 33 songs on opening night, Church was in the zone, exploring the funkier side of Desperate Man while also satisfying fans with his string of radio hits. He also worked in a number of covers, including Bob Seger’s “Get Out of Denver,” Rodney Crowell’s “Ain’t Living Long Like This” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.”
Church resumes the Double Down Tour, which finds him playing two back-to-back shows in each city, on Friday in St. Louis. The mostly minimal production — Church puts the focus squarely on the songs — includes an impressive lighting rig that runs to the back of the arena and weighs 137,000 lbs.