Monday, May 21, 2007
– Eric Church proved you can go home once again as he gave a benefit performance Sunday before more than 4,000 people at South Caldwell High School's Spartan Stadium in Hudson, N.C.
Residents of Church's hometown of Granite Falls and the surrounding North Carolina counties turned out. His publicist said hundreds of members of Church's fan club, the "Church Choir," made the trip and gave a check to Church, on behalf of the fan club, to benefit the school.
"I just wanted to say, before anything else - it's good to be home," Church said. "I've been fortunate enough to have played all across the country, but nothing beats this."
Church played a set of songs from his debut album, "Sinners Like Me," mixing in references to local fishing spots, rowdy bars, friends and relatives that drew loud cheers from the hometown crowd and a sing-along to the current-single "Guys Like Me."
"The whole reason that 'Sinners Like Me' is here is because of that school, that town and those people, so coming home to do this benefit was a no-brainer for me," saod Church. "My first single, 'How 'Bout You,' is as indicative of Granite Falls as anything else: 'I know where I come from - how 'bout you?' I see small town values as being Middle America values: community, family, God, hard work. Those values crafted what these songs are about."
Church's first single "How 'Bout You" became a Top 10 hit, catapulting the CD to seventh on the Billboard album chart. "Two Pink Lines," a song about pregnancy, also charted. The current single is "Guys Like Me" is the current single.
Church has been touring since the album's release last year with such acts as Bob Seger, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.