Eric Church isn’t letting anybody rain on his parade, especially not COVID-19. Although several breakthrough cases affected his touring crew, he chose to proceed with his Pennsylvania shows as a solo act as opposed to canceling them. The unprecedented act really speaks to his character and the love he has for his fans. If you don’t have the chance to catch the “Gather Around” tour this leg, why don’t you take a second and live vicariously with us for a moment. We promise it’ll be worth it.
Eric Church Takes ‘Mistress Named Music’ Medley Home
When Eric Church took the stage in Pittsburgh last night, the stage probably looked a little larger than usual. The spotlight found him with just a guitar in hand– no smoke and mirrors here. If he felt lonely or intimidated without a band, he sure didn’t show it. He proudly took that stage alone for his opening 10-song “Mistress Named Music” Medley that lasted 15 minutes and sparks kept flying the remainder of the night.
Here’s the medley intro in full:
After the “squarely solitary” country star belted out the likes of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” he kept fans engaged and even interacted with some of the crowd members. One fan captured a particularly sweet moment from the night. Mid-show, Eric Church traded his guitar pick for an American flag from a young boy in the audience. You can check out the heartwarming moment in this tweet.
Although most of the show saw Church independently, some guests made their way to the stage at certain points of the show. Namely, fan-favorites Cam and Joana helped the country star keep up the hype. Sadly, they missed his longtime backup singer Joanna Cotten for the night.
Throwing It Back
Now, the “Mistress Named Music” Medley isn’t new to Eric Church or his fans. He’s actually been performing it for quite some time. From tours to award shows and studio performances, it’s a regular tool in Church’s kit. Still, every rendition is a little different and there’s a little something for everyone in the 30-minute jam sesh. If Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” isn’t your thing, maybe Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” is. He also throws in some Def Leppard and ear waves from Steve Miller Band as well. There’s a reason the guy continues to cop as many award nominations as Chris Stapelton at the CMAs.
Here’s one of his past takes in case you missed it:
In case you missed it, you can watch the entire 30-minute acoustic “Mistress Named Music” medley complete with all 16 songs during the set from the 2019 #CMAfest right here! @CountryMusic https://t.co/2RF2zRugQM— Eric Church (@ericchurch) July 2, 2020