It’s been with anticipatory anxiety (the good kind) that country music fans have awaited the arrival of April 9th as Eric Church’s highly anticipated, first-ever LIVE album “Caught In the Act: LIVE” is HERE. The 17-track recording has released and is now available at digital and retail outlets nationwide.
“Caught In The Act: Live” was recorded over the course of two nights at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre in October 2012 and features songs from Church’s highly reverenced Sinners Like Me, Carolina and his platinum selling CHIEF. “Chief” has spun several top hits and holds award winning honors such as: #1 debuting across all genres, the 2012 CMA “Album of the Year” and the recent 2013 ACM “Album of the Year”.
Can we get an Amen!!
But that’s just the songs. The LIVE album takes you back to the intensity of experiencing the Chief exploding on stage. And if you’ve had the honor of attending an Eric Church concert, you know you will not want to miss having this LIVE Church compilation in your collection. So go ahead, take a minute here, download “Caught In The Act: LIVE” at iTunes.
Now, in addition to the release of digital and hard copies available today, a double gatefold vinyl version of Church’s “Caught In The Act: LIVE” will be made available on National Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20. The package will include four additional tracks and a special whiskey-infused 7-inch.
Leading up to “Caught In The Act: LIVE”
Earning recognition from Pollstar in 2012 as one of the highest-attended tours, Church sold nearly a million tickets on his first-ever headlining tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, where oddly, there was No Beer Allowed!
Eric’s the only one of the country genre to be named “Best Concerts Of 2012” by The New York Times who calls Church’s concert, “a mean show,” and adds:
“Mr. Church has clawed his way into the country mainstream with a series of post-outlaw anthems, and delivered them with verve and tension.”
The AP chimes in praising,
“Church constantly encourages his rowdy audience, exhorting them to bellow the chorus of ‘Drink in My Hand’ and ‘Jack Daniels.’ Even when he plays a solo acoustic version of ‘Sinners Like Me,’ he tells everyone, ‘It’s just going to be us, so sing loud.'”
The multi Award-winning superstar is also celebrating winning the coveted “Album of The Year” Award (CHIEF) and Vocal Event Of The Year award (“The Only Way I Know,” J. Aldean, L. Bryan, E. Church) during Sunday night’s (April 7) 48th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards show.
And Now . . .
The release of “Caught In The Act: Live” is fans’ first chance to take home a copy of Church’s live show, about which The Salt Lake Tribune gushes:
“With sterling musicianship, a voice with the right balance of grit and twang, and songs of conviction that shine with improvisation (‘Springsteen,’ for one, opens with an elegiac piano and ends with an echo of ‘Born to Run’), this live album is alive.”
“[The] rendition of the soulful hit ‘Springsteen’ is one of his best, slipping into the first verse of Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ towards to end.” The writer adds, “[Church] sang and played just differently enough to create variety from his studio versions and his performance confirmed that his voice is easily just as good as how it sounds on a produced record.”
You can view footage from the recording of “Caught In The Act: Live”. You can catch Church performing select dates on Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour, and of course, the brewery can’t keep up with consumption so you can catch Eric as he will continue to serve fans on The Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour this summer through fall which will include a stop at Lollapalooza on August 2 in Chicago, Ill.
But we’d really like to hear from fans, from newbies, from The Choir . . . what do YOU think of “Caught In The Act: LIVE”!
Eric Church “All I’m Saying” (in Church character) at the LIVE Tivoli Theatre Taping:
“Caught In The Act: LIVE” track listing:
1. Before She Does
2. How ‘Bout You
3. Drink In My Hand
4. Over When It’s Over
5. I’m Gettin’ Stoned
7. Keep On
8. Hungover & Hard Up
9. Sinners Like Me
10. Country Music Jesus
11. Pledge Allegiance To The Hag
12. Jack Daniels
14. Lotta Boot Left To Fill
15. Smoke A Little Smoke
16. These Boots