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Eric Church goes soft

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 – Eric Church is going soft - on tour anyway. He will do an acoustic set during the upcoming Country Throwdown tour.

Church and his band will go "Unplugged and Uncensored" where no two performances will be the same. Church's sets will begin at 5:25 p.m. (subject to change) at the Outlaw Stage in the Festival Area of each date. The Country Throwdown Tour will travel through 23 cities from May14-June 20.

"I wanted to do something special for this tour to add to the outdoor, tailgate-like atmosphere and give the Throwdown fans a unique and intimate experience," Church said. "Who knows, we may even try out some new songs I'm working on for the new record."

In between tour stops, Church has also worked to help those who have been hit hardest by the recent flood destruction in his homebase of Nashville. Church has aided with supplies to the local Humane Society and encourages fans to help out in any way they can by visiting donatenashville.org.

Church is touring to support his sophomore effort "Carolina." The album has yielded the singles Hell on the Heart and Love Your Love the Most.

Tour dates are:
May 14 Ford Amphitheatre Tampa, FL*
May 15 Cruzan Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL*
May 16 Metropolitan Park Jacksonville, FL*
May 20 Blossom Music Center Cleveland, OH*
May 21 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH*
May 22 First Midwest Bank Chicago, IL*
May 23 Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis, IN*
May 27 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC*
May 28 Time Warner Cable Music Raleigh, NC*
May 29 Post Gazette Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA*
May 30 Saratoga Springs City Center Saratoga Springs, NY*
May 31 U.S. Cellular Pavilion Gilford, NH*
June 4 Verizon Wireless Virginia Virginia Beach, VA*
June 5 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ*
June 6 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA*
June 9 Sam Houston Racepark Houston, TX*
June 10 Superpages.com Center Dallas, TX*
June 12 USANA Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT*
June 13 Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre Denver, CO*
June 16 Rabobank Arena Bakersfield, CA*
June 17 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre San Diego, CA*
June 18 Cricket Wireless Pavilion Phoenix, AZ*
June 19 Verizon Wireless Irvine, CA*
June 20 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA*
June 22 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
June 23 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
June 24 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
June 25 Headwaters Country Jam Three Forks, MT
June 27 Chippewa Valley Country Fest Cadot, WI
July 8 KBEQ Kansas City, MO
July 9 Stir Cove Council Bluffs, IA
July 10 Davis County Fair Bloomfield, IA
July 11 Hodag Festival Rhinelander, WI
July 14 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
July 15 Calgary Stampede Calgary, AB
July 16 Craven Country Jamboree Craven, SK
July 17 Shrine Auditorium Billings, MT
July 18 Casper Events Center Casper, WY
July 22 Country Thunder Twin Lakes, WI
July 23 Adams County Fair Hastings, NE
July 24 Rushmore Theatre Rapid City, SD
July 25 ND State Fair Minot, ND

*"Country Throwdown Tour"

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