The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has invited Eric Church to be its 18th artist-in-residence.
The annual artist-in-residence series spotlights an artist with an exemplary body of work and features one-of-a-kind performances over multiple evenings. The museum offers its intimate CMA Theater as a blank canvas for the artist to curate shows incorporating different themes and special guests.
Church will produce and perform two shows on Aug. 29 and 30, and tickets range from $75 to $500 with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit museum’s educational mission. Museum members and Church’s “Church Choir” fan club will have access to a special pre-sale June 22 at 10 a.m. Tickets to both shows will be available to the public June 23, at 10 a.m. on the museum’s website. Sales are limited to four tickets per transaction on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-refundable.
Past participants of the prestigious artist-in-residence program include Cowboy Jack Clement (who opened the series in 2003), Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, Marty Stuart and John Prine.
“As a student of the rich history of country music’s most prolific artists, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a shrine of reverence for this songwriter’s heart,” shares Church. “I’m honored and humbled to be included in such esteemed company.”
“Throughout his career, Eric has constantly stretched boundaries with his music and challenged long-standing conventions in his recordings and his live performances,” says Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Our artist-in-residence series offers him the freedom to showcase his ever-evolving creative vision. We’re grateful to him for volunteering his time and fierce individualism to the series, which benefits the museum and its nonprofit mission.”
Church is also the subject of a new exhibition at the museum, Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul, presented by Gibson, which opens July 13 and chronicles his unique path to stardom.