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Eric Church plays governor's ball

Thursday, December 18, 2008 – Eric Church will be one of the featured performers at the North Carolina Inaugural Ball for Governor-elect Beverly Perdue, to be held at the state's capitol, Raleigh, on Jan. 9. Church will perform Carolina, the title track from his upcoming March 24 album.

The 2009 Governor's Inaugural Ball features a weekend of events honoring North Carolina's newly elected governor. The crown jewel of the celebration will be on Friday, January 9, the Gala Presentation and Inaugural Ball - where Church is one of the featured performers - in the Raleigh Convention Center.

"This is a very personal song for me, so when I heard that someone in the governor-elect's organization heard the song Carolina and decided that it needed to be part of the celebration - well, it means a lot. Apparently this song hit them the same way it's hitting my fans; I'm grateful that it's making an impact. I'm also hoping it means that I can drive a little faster through the state."

This is not Church's first brush with a North Carolina governor. "When I was in high school, I was part of a program where I was a page for then Gov. (James) Hunt for a week - I ran errands, delivered mail, basically just did whatever they needed you to do. On the last day, all the student pages get their photo taken with the governor in his office, so they rounded us up, stuck us in the room and left us there - unsupervised. Which was not a good idea. I decided it would be funny to sit in the governor's chair and put my feet up on his desk - which I did. What I didn't know was that had I tripped a silent alarm - suddenly, the office was swarming with security. When they finally realized it was just some dumb 16-year old acting stupid, things quieted down. But when Governor Hunt finally entered the room for our photo, the first thing he asked was, 'Okay - which kid was sitting in my chair?' " said Church. "I'm sure my interactions with the new governor will be less...troublesome."

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment – Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment. Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
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