Denver’s Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, situated 6,450 feet above sea level and surrounded by 868 acres of natural beauty, provided a perfect setting for Eric Church’s two-night stand of mostly acoustic performances last week, even though the “Kill a Word” singer admitted to Rolling Stone Country that they were “a hard few nights.”
Encompassing material from Church’s five studio LPs, along with choice covers – his hushed take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and an expansive show-opening medley that incorporated Bob Seger, Kenny Loggins, Billy Joel and George Strait – Church also surprised the crowd with a special appearance from opening act Cam during his set, duetting on the Chief single “Like Jesus Does.”
Touting the Grammy-nominated performer as “one of my favorite artists that’s out there right now,” Church handled the first verse solo, quietly strumming his guitar. Dressed in yellow jacket and sunglasses, the vocal powerhouse strode up beside Church to add uncharacteristically subdued harmony to the tune, emphasizing the sweet, romantic nature of unconditional love expressed in the lyrics penned by Casey Beathard and Monty Criswell.
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Church is gearing up for the wildly ambitious Holdin’ My Own Tour, which will hit 60-plus cities beginning January 13th. The trek will consist of a three-hour show with no opening acts.