Eric Church loves what he does, and loves to give to his fans. He performed countless songs on his Holdin’ My Own Tour, and just giving fans a night to remember isn’t enough. He has released a big batch of songs to Apple Music, with plans for much more to come. Eric Church definitely does his part to reward his devoted fans, and the singer-songwriter knows that they work hard for the dollars spent on his music. That's one of the reasons why Eric Church is determined to show his audiences his appreciation and give them all they deserve.

Worth the wait

Every hardcore fan of an artist knows that while every artist has a set list for every show on a tour, every night is far from the same.

Besides the energy of the crowd and the venue, there can always be those “once and only” performances that make every cell phone camera record for posterity. Still, every fan wishes they could collect a treasury of concert moments to keep, and Eric Church is doing his best to offer that possibility. The first 30 songs are available on Apple Music, which has an exclusive two-week period before they are available to all streaming services, and 100 more will follow.

If digital availability doesn’t feed any fan’s love sufficiently to possess the memories, The Entertainer of the Year nominee is preparing a CD and vinyl package of the collection especially for Record Store Day, April 21, 2018. Patience will pay off for those willing to wait.

Naturally, the fan-favorite hits like “Talladega,” “Homeboy,” “Sinners Like Me,” and “Lightning” are all featured, but the real treats are the collaborations.

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Eric Church seemed to pull out something special in every song with touring vocalist, Joanna Cotten. YouTube is packed with their memorable road performances, and just one of those is their rendition of “Oh, Atlanta” by Bad Company. Cotten has certainly regained her share of deserved star status with her soulful, exuberant pairing with Church. Americana legend, Ray Wylie Hubbard, shows full-on Lone Star State spirit on “Screw You, We're From Texas” that will make even New Yorkers feel the bawdy beer and boot-scooting mood.

"61 Days in Church" comprises a definitive collection for the artist, drawing from 200 hours of live recordings from his 61-day stint. The mega-collection runs chronologically through the tour, in date-by-date order.

More for the money

Eric Church displays pure dedication to the fans filling arenas for his tours. His shows frequently run three hours or more, without opening acts. He created headlines at the beginning of the Holdin’ My Own Tour in response to his outspoken stance against ticket resellers and bots that have overtaken virtually all of the live music industry.

Church and his management have developed proprietary methods for spotting non-human ticket purchasers, and he has gone to great lengths to see that his genuine fans get the benefit of his onstage passion.

Fans won't need any fortunes at all to see Eric Church front and center at the CMA awards. September 4 was a big day for the superstar. He received nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Musical Event of the Year, for his performance with Rhiannon Giddens on “Kill A Word,” during the 2016 CMA awards. The 2017 CMA awards will be broadcast live on November 8 on ABC.