“I promise you ain’t never gonna see a show like tonight.”
Eric Church was certainly right in his statement because country just isn’t what it used to be—it’s even better! From his tribute to classic artists to his edgy county sound, Eric Church’s “Blood, Sweat and Beers” tour is unlike any country act and the fans just love it.
From his entrance below the stage in a cloud of smoke with “Country Music Jesus” to his hit songs “Drink in My Hand” and “Smoke a Little Smoke,” Church had the nearly sold out arena on their feet and without a voice by the end of the night.
“It’s very important for me to do a set like this where it’s just you, me and the music,” Church said from the stage as he lowered a curtain to create an intimate part of the show.
Church is truly an entertainer at heart. He’s animated on stage, interactive and real with his crowd interactions, sing-a-longs and story-telling. He also proved you don’t need a flashy stage set up to have an amazing show—just a few curtain changes, the band and a little pyrotechnics doesn’t hurt.
Joining Church on the tour was a little ‘Moore’ entertainment—in the form of Justin and Kip. They’re not related but they certainly do share the same last name, which quickly prompted the questions of whether they're related (they’re not).
Serving in the middle spot was Justin Moore who truly has quite a number of hits under his belt including “Small Town USA,” “Backwoods” and “Bait a Hook.” Though, one of his most well-known and a personal favorite is his emotionally charged hit, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” which shares the feelings of every person who’s ever lost a loved one and wished for nothing more than to see them one more time. Though Justin Moore released the song in 2011, Rhett Atkins originally recorded the song in 2007 but it did not chart.
It’s quite the odd combo with Church who’s a little bit rockin’ country and Justin Moore who’s a lot more traditional cowboy country, but the tour worked well satisfying all types of country fans. Of course, Justin Moore assured Pittsburgh fans would love him when he came out swinging a Steeler’s Terrible Towel within the first two songs.
Joining Church and Justin Moore on the tour was another Moore, Kip to be exact. He’s not related to Justin but could be described as a little bit of Church and Justin Moore combined. He’s a little bit rock and a little bit country and really just a great artist all around.
Although he’s relatively new to the scene, he’s making great headway with hit songs like “Somethin’ Bout a Truck” and “Beer Money.” With a great voice, great stage presence and a few more hit songs, I expect great things to come from this Moore.
If you missed this show – shame on you! You won’t want to miss the next one because these three do not disappoint! It truly was a night of “Blood, Sweat and Beers” and great fun had by all.