For two nights, Nov. 22 and 23, we had the pleasure of hosting Eric Church’s Double Down Tour.
This tour isn’t your typical country show – Church puts on a performance that spans nearly four hours, with an intermission in between the two sets. “Most concerts don’t have a half time,” Church said when he came back for the second half of the show.
The energy did not diminish after the intermission. Church came back out with a bang, insistent on not letting his audience be bored or tired. He encouraged the crowd to get up and dance the entire night, just as he did. He moved around the stage, and interacted with as many fans as he could — shaking hands, taking flags on stage, and giving out guitar picks to his younger fans. Most notably, he pulled a young fan up on stage with him and sang while the boy smiled at the audience.
He performed fan favorites such as “Smoke A Little Smoke,” “Cold One,” and “Springsteen”. His diverse music catalogue allowed him to play songs from years past to his more recent releases, and his fans sang along to every single song.
Audience members brought copies of Church’s records and held them up in the air during the hit song “Record Year,” during which he took the time to sign them. Records varied between Carolina released in 2009, or Desperate Man from 2018. Church signed as many as he could, holding some up to his band as they reminisced on the good ‘ol days.
From the two nights we were lucky enough to spend with Eric Church, this much is clear: he loves his fans, and his fans love him.