Eric Church’s live shows tend to be rowdy, electrified affairs with arena rock-worthy gestures and multiple crowd sing-alongs. But the “Kill a Word” singer took it down a couple notches for a pair of shows at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater in August, playing mostly acoustic versions of his songs like “Holdin’ My Own” along with choice covers.
“Holdin’ My Own,” which inspired the name of Church’s forthcoming 2017 tour, gives some thematic heft to that tension between the brain-rattling volume of rock & roll and quieter, more domestic concerns. Presenting the singer as a reformed wild man, he gazes back fondly on his days of full-tilt living but realizes he’s happier and more fulfilled at home with his wife and kids. This version, recorded at Red Rocks, doesn’t vary dramatically from the original on Mr. Misunderstood, as Church’s bright, percussive acoustic guitar is complemented with brushed drums and some subtle organ shading. A handful of songs recorded during the Red Rocks shows will appear on Church’s new live EP, Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged, due November 4th exclusively at Walmart.
Church’s Holdin’ My Own tour gets underway January 13th, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska and is the singer’s most ambitious outing yet. Forgoing opening acts, Church and his band will play three-hour shows with one intermission in the middle, wrapping up in May with a two-night stand in Nashville.