Country and rock music crossed paths in 2014 when singer-songwriter Eric Church performed together with Halestorm lead singer Lzzy Hale.
They sang “That Damn Rock & Roll” at the CMA Festival on ABC. The song appeared on Church’s 2014 album “The Outsiders.”
“I think it’s an opportunity to do one thing that you’re not normally going to do and you let it live in that space forever,” Church told FOX News ahead of his performance in picking a song off his album. “That’s what I like about them. You can do it one time and it will get the maximum amount of eyes and it will live as that one show’s performance forever. It makes sense to do something different.”
The song was written by Church, Casey Beathard, and Michael P. Heeney.
Here’s a look at Church and Hale peforming at the CMA Festival.
Eric Church Performs ‘Livin’ Part Of Life’ At CMA Fest 2009
Church knows how powerful words are when it comes to music. This is evident when taking a trip back to 2009.
As part of his CMA Fest “Fan Party,” Church has fellow songwriters join him for a rousing rendition of “Livin’ Part of Life.”
Now six studio albums into his career, the North Carolina native and CMA Entertainer of the Year for 2020 always approaches things differently.
It does not matter whether he is playing back-to-back nights in nearly 30 cities on his 2019 “Double Down Tour” or pushing himself to new creative limits with his recording process.
Church has steadily amassed a faithful congregation – the Church Choir – since 2006’s release of “How ‘Bout You.”
Church Admits That He Admires Merle Haggard So Much
One person in the world of country music that Church looks up to is Merle Haggard.
Back in 2006, Church, in an interview at the 2006 BMI Country Awards, explains that he got his start thanks to the music licensing company BMI.
Church is part of an audience on the night that Haggard received the icon award. The young, long-haired Church happily said that he has a song with Haggard on his then-upcoming album.
“I’ve got a duet with Merle on my record, and it’s an honor to be here,” he says. “Merle heard there’s a song on the record called ‘I Pledge Allegiance to the Hag,’ which you gotta have Merle on.”
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