Posted by: Amy | February 4, 2010

January 21, Concert Weekend Day 1: Eric Church – Augusta, GA

In 2009 I attended 29 concerts.  The last show that I attended was the Daughtry show in Birmingham, AL on December 4.  After taking a break for the holidays, I was antsy to see some shows.  My friend Rachel and I had been looking forward to a fun weekend filled with good live music.  The weekend started with a trip to Augusta, GA to see Eric Church at The Country Club.

We left Atlanta at 4:00 and probably should have left sooner.  It seems that no matter what time you try to leave Atlanta, you’re going to get caught in traffic!  What should have been a two and a half hour drive turned out to take almost three and a half hours.  When we finally got to Augusta, we decided to drive by the venue before checking into the hotel.  There were close to 50 people in line and the doors weren’t supposed to open for another 30 minutes.  We hurried back to the hotel to get settled in and finish getting ready.  When we got back to the venue, they had opened the doors and the line was gone.  After getting our IDs checked and showing our tickets, we made our way into the bar.  To our surprise all the people standing in line had been interested in getting tables, not getting close to the stage.  There were probably only 10 people standing at the stage, so we were able to stand second row, center.

The show’s opening act was The Dirt Drifters, a new band signed with Warner Brothers.  They’re working on their debut album and were excited about getting out and touring.  They played a set of probably eight original songs, all of which were written by band members, and a cover of Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.”  They have a very blue-collar sound with several of their songs aimed at the working man.  Although the crowd was not familiar with their songs, by the end of their set, I think that the crowd had warmed to them and they did an adequate job warming the crowd prior to Eric taking the stage.

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This was the third time that I’d seen Eric.  It’s become a guessing game before each show whether or not Eric will be wearing sunglasses when he takes the stage.  Eric and his band took the stage shortly after 9:00 and surprise, surprise…he was wearing sunglasses.  He’s now three for three at wearing sunglasses at the shows that I’ve attended. 

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What’s cool about Eric’s crowd compared to some other male country artists is that there are just as many guys at his shows as there are girls and they’re there to sing along and have a great time.  Eric started the show with the rockin’ “Young and Wild,” which got the crowd pumped for the rest of the show.  He played hits and album cuts from both of his albums as the night progressed.  He closed the set with a moving  performance of “Carolina”.  With Augusta’s proximity to South Carolina, there were lots of fans in attendance that have a strong connection with the song’s message of longing to be back in Carolina.  After playing for nearly an hour a half, he left the stage, but promptly returned for an encore.

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He played four more songs during the encore and the highlight of the show was definitely his performance of “Love Your Love the Most,” which the crowd sang back to him.  He was visibly moved by the moment and seemed appreciative of the fans’ support for the song.

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It was another solid performance from Eric.  He really knows how to connect with the audience and has a great catalog of songs that seem to make the evening pass all too quickly.  Our only consolation with the show’s end was that we would be seeing him again the next night as the opener for Jason Aldean.

Here’s the set list from the night:

  • Young and Wild
  • Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
  • How ‘Bout You
  • Sinners Like Me
  • Hell on the Heart
  • These Boots
  • Ain’t Killed Me Yet
  • Two Pink Lines
  • Longer Gone
  • Livin’ Part of Life
  • Before She Does
  • Guys Like Me
  • Lotta Boot Left to Fill
  • Carolina

Encore:

  • Smoke a Little Smoke
  • What I Almost Was
  • Love Your Love the Most
  • Those I’ve Loved

Here are all of my pictures from the show.

Do you have a favorite Eric Church song?


Responses

  1. Love your music


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