Posted by: Amy | February 22, 2010

February 20 – Eric Church, Live on the Lot at Carl Black Chevy in Kennesaw, GA

I’ve been reading for the last couple of weeks about the popularity of Eric Church’s Jägermeister sponsored tour. He’s been selling out the shows left and right. My friend Rachel and I were sorely disappointed when we saw the date of Eric’s tour stop in Atlanta. It was the same date as Jason Aldean’s show in Augusta, GA and we already had our tickets. We had previously missed David Nail’s Atlanta show because we were in Greenville, SC for the first night of Jason’s tour. It sure would be nice to be in two places at once sometimes!

About a week before Eric’s scheduled Atlanta show, we began hearing on Kicks 101.5 about the free show that Eric was doing at Carl Black Chevrolet on the afternoon of the Wild Bill’s show. I had also been reading tweets about the show from Cadillac Jack, one of the Kicks morning DJs. After a little discussion, Rachel and I decided to go to the Carl Black show prior to leaving for the Jason show in Augusta. On Friday Cadillac Jack tweeted that the Eric show at Wild Bill’s was sold out. I was very impressed and a little surprised that it was sold out. Wild Bill’s holds around 5,000 people, so it is a huge deal that Eric was able to sell out the venue! Because of Eric’s huge popularity, we were a little concerned that we’d have to arrive at Carl Black insanely early to have any chance of being near the stage.

The weather on Saturday morning was absolutely perfect! We’ve had an unusually rainy, snowy and generally miserable winter in Atlanta, so it was a nice treat to see the sun shining and to know that the temperatures were going to be in the 60s. We arrived in Kennesaw around 10:45 and the show was scheduled to begin at noon. To our surprise, there were probably only 20 or 30 people there when we arrived. We were able to claim our spots on the front row and we enjoyed listening to Kicks’ broadcast and standing in the warm sunshine. As showtime drew closer, the crowd got larger. By the time that Eric took the stage, I’d say there were probably close to 200 people there.

Prior to the start of the show, Cadillac Jack came out and explained how the show would work and told us to get numbered stickers that would give us a place in line to meet Eric after the performance. A little after noon Eric made a casual entrance with his guitar in hand. He was without his trademark boots and baseball cap. Instead, he was sporting running shoes and a beanie. He had also traded in his traditional aviator sunglasses for a larger framed pair of sunglasses. He welcomed the fans and thanked everyone for coming to the show. He didn’t have a set list and was encouraging the crowd to shout out requests. He was very mellow and seemed to enjoy interacting with the crowd. A funny moment occurred when Eric momentarily forgot the order of the words at the start of the second verse of “Hell on the Heart.” He quickly recovered and was able to laugh about the gaffe. In total he played eight songs. HUGE props to Rachel, who kept track of the set list. I apparently had a lapse in thinking because it didn’t even dawn on me to keep track of the set list. So, thank you, Rachel!

Although fans were shouting out requests, there were a few songs that Eric said that the crowd would have to come to Wild Bill’s to hear. The most noticeable of those songs were “Young and Wild,” which is traditionally his show opener, and “Carolina,” which is usually his last song before the encore. We were slightly disappointed that he didn’t play either of these songs, but his performance more than made up for it!

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Set list

  • Guys Like Me
  • Lotta Boot Left to Fill
  • Hell on the Heart
  • These Boots
  • Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
  • Sinners Like Me
  • Love Your Love the Most
  • Two Pink Lines

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After Eric’s performance, we lined up for pictures and autographs. Eric was very gracious and not only signed my CD booklet, but also signed an 8×10 photo that was provided for the first 100 fans in line.

I am so glad that we decided to go to this show. It was fun to see Eric in a setting other than an arena or a bar. Acoustic shows always seem more personal. Thank you to Kicks 101.5 and Carl Black for hosting such a great event for Eric’s fans!

We left Carl Black happy and excited about our upcoming road trip to the Jason Aldean show in Augusta. I will try my hardest to post my account of that show tonight.

Here are all of my pictures from the show.

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Responses

  1. What a great review of this! I so wish I’d known about it b/c I def. would have tried to drag Kelli along….LOL! I’ve yet to meet Eric but he is one of my faves…So proud of a fellow North Carolinian. 🙂

    • Thanks, Shannon! I really like Eric! I was a little late to the game as far as discovering his music, but I’ve enjoyed seeing him live. He’s so passionate about his music and I love that he writes all of his own songs. I’m hoping that he will do something during CMA Fest this year, but he may not because he’ll be on the Country Throwdown tour then.

      You should buy tickets for the Clemson show on April 22 and join us in the general admission section!

  2. Wonderful review. EC is my favorite country artist. I’ve seen him six times since last June. I’ll be seeing him twice this July (Southaven, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama). Nobody puts on a live show with as much energy as he does. I went to three of the Jagermeister shows (Oxford, Starkville, and Panama City) back in February and March and had a blast.


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