Eric Church’s Legacy To Be Celebrated With Country Music Hall Of Fame Exhibit

The highly anticipated exhibit opens on July 13.

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Andrew Wendowski

Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on June 7, 2023

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Eric Church; Photo by Anthony D’Angio

The life and career of country superstar Eric Church will be highlighted in Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul, a new exhibition coming to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. 

Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul
Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul

Presented by Gibson, the exhibit will take fans inside the Church’s journey to success, from his early years playing bars to his time headlining stadiums. 

“Eric Church has done it his way completely,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “His steadfast artistic vision and authenticity resonate deeply with audiences, and he continues to serve as an important collaborator and renegade role model for generations of country music artists.”

Musical instruments, song manuscripts, stage wear, tour memorabilia, awards, photographs and more from Church’s personal collection will be on display at the exhibit. 

Photo by Bob Delevante for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Photo by Bob Delevante for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

 Examples of items to be displayed include:

  • the Harmony H-303 three-quarter-size acoustic guitar that belonged to Church when he was a child.
  • Ray-Ban Aviator Mirror sunglasses worn by Church onstage.
  • the Von Dutch trucker hat Church bought at a Mississippi truck stop in the late 2000s and began wearing onstage.
  • the outfit worn by Church on the album cover of The Outsiders and at the CMA Awards in 2013, which includes a Rogue two-tone leather jacket, John Varvatos shirt and Diesel jeans.
  • a sculpture made from vinyl records of various sizes, which replicates the soundwave of Church’s recording of “Record Year” and was used as a prop in the 2016 music video for the song.
  • a Gibson Eric Church Hummingbird Dark guitar. Church contributed to the design of the limited-edition guitar and used it on his “Double Down Tour” (2019).
  • the Tom Ford purple suede jacket that Church wore when he and Jazmine Sullivan sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in 2021.
Photo by Bob Delevante for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Photo by Bob Delevante for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul opens July 13 and runs through June 2024. Access to the exhibit is included with museum admission.

To celebrate the exhibit opening, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will host a public program, Writers’ Round: The Songs of Eric Church, featuring Luke Laird, Jeremy Spillman and others. The event will take place on Saturday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. The writers will perform and share the stories behind the songs they have crafted with Church. To reserve tickets to the program, click HERE. 

Photo by Bob Delevante for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Photo by Bob Delevante for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The announcement of the new exhibit comes just before Church is set to take the stage at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of CMA Fest. 

Later this month, the North Carolina native will embark on his highly anticipated The Outsiders Revival Tour.

Kicking off on June 22, the trek will feature a variety of special guests, including Whiskey Myers, Cody Jinks, Jelly Roll, Ashley McBryde, Koe Wetzel, Lainey Wilson, Midland, Parker McCollum, Travis Tritt, Elle King and Paul Cauthen, plus Jackson Dean, Morgan Wade, Muscadine Bloodline, Shane Smith & The Saints, Hailey Whitters, Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Red Clay Strays.

Eric Church; Photo by Anthony D’Angio
Eric Church; Photo by Anthony D’Angio

See a complete list of Eric Church’s upcoming tour dates below.   

Eric Church 2023 Tour Dates

*denotes festival dates

June 10*         Nashville, Tenn. / Nissan Stadium                                                                          CMA Fest

June 16*             Central Point, Ore. / Jackson County Expo                                                            Rogue Music Festival

June 17*             Santa Rosa, Calif. / Sonoma County Fairgrounds                                                  Country Summer Music Festival

June 22          Milwaukee, Wisc. / American Family Insurance  Amphitheater                              Elle King

June 23          Detroit, Mich. / Pine Knob Music Theatre                                                               Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays

June 24          Cleveland, Ohio / Blossom Music Center                                                                Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays

June 29          Charleston, S.C. / Credit One Stadium                                                                     Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays

June 30          Charleston, S.C. / Credit One Stadium                                                                     Parker McCollum, Morgan Wade

July 1            Virginia Beach, Va. / Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater                           Parker McCollum, Morgan Wade

July 6            Toronto, Ontario / Budweiser Stage                                                                          Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints

July 7            Toronto, Ontario / Budweiser Stage                                                                          Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints

July 8            Pittsburgh, Pa. / The Pavilion at Star Lake                                                               Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints

July 14          Cincinnati, Ohio / Riverbend Music Center                                                             Travis Tritt, Muscadine Bloodline

July 15          St. Louis, Mo. / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre                                                   Travis Tritt, Muscadine Bloodline

July 21*             Cheyenne, Wyo. / Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena                                                  Cheyenne Frontier Days

July 23*             Minot, N.D. / North Dakota State Fairgrounds                                                        North Dakota State Fair

July 27          Rogers, Ark. / Walmart AMP                                                                                    Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard

July 28          Dallas, Texas / Dos Equis Pavilion                                                                           Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard

July 29          Austin, Texas / Germania Insurance Amphitheater                                                  Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard

Aug. 4           Raleigh, N.C. / Coastal Credit Union Music Park                                                   Cody Jinks

Aug. 5           Bristow, Va. / Jiffy Lube Live                                                                                  Cody Jinks

Aug. 11             Indianapolis, Ind. / Ruoff Music Center                                                                  Cody Jinks

Aug. 12             Chicago, Ill. / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre                                                     Cody Jinks

Aug. 13*        Des Moines, Iowa / Iowa State Fairgrounds                                                           Iowa State Fair

Aug. 17             Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater                                                       Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean

Aug. 18             Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater                                                       Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean

Aug. 19             Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater                                                       Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean

Aug. 24             Saratoga Springs, N.Y. / Saratoga Performing Arts Center                                     Lainey Wilson, The Red Clay Strays

Aug. 25             Holmdel, N.J. / PNC Bank Arts Center                                                                   Whiskey Myers

Aug. 26             Philadelphia, Pa. / Freedom Mortgage Pavilion                                                      Whiskey Myers

Sept. 8           Portland, Ore. / RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater                                               Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters

Sept. 9           George, Wash. / Gorge Amphitheatre                                                                      Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters

Sept. 10             George, Wash. / Gorge Amphitheatre                                                                     Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters

Sept. 15             Albuquerque, N.M. / Isleta Amphitheater                                                               Paul Cauthen, Hailey Whitters

Sept. 16             Phoenix, Ariz. / Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre                                               Jelly Roll, Paul Cauthen

Sept. 21             Atlanta, Ga. / Ameris Bank Amphitheatre                                                              Whiskey Myers

Sept. 22             Atlanta, Ga. / Ameris Bank Amphitheatre                                                              Whiskey Myers

Sept. 23             Charlotte, N.C. / PNC Music Pavilion                                                                    Whiskey Myers

Sept. 24             Charlotte, N.C. / PNC Music Pavilion                                                                    Whiskey Myers

Sept. 29             West Palm Beach, Fla. / iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre                                     Whiskey Myers

Sept. 30             Tampa, Fla. / MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre                                     Whiskey Myers

Oct. 7*          Bristol, Tenn. / Bristol Motor Speedway                                                                 Country Thunder Bristol

Oct. 15*             Sacramento, Calif. / Discovery Park                                                                       GoldenSky Festival

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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