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Eric Church recalls early days of touring

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Eric Church recently opened up about his early days playing out on the road. The "Like Jesus Does" singer reveals the challenges and the triumphs in a recent interview with iHeartRadio. Eric Church will headline the first-ever iHeartRadio Country Festival in March. Find additional show details here.

Eric relentlessly headlined clubs and served as an opening act for Bob Seger, Hank Williams Jr., and Brad Paisley long before he ever landed a single in the top ten of the Billboard charts. As a newcomer he made news when he was kicked off of a Rascal Flatts tour in 2006. Read more about that now-infamous story here.

Eric certainly has certainly not forgotten about his days struggling as a new act.

"When you step onstage, you’re really feeding off the energy of the crowd; especially for us because it started at such a small place. Every night when I go out there I don’t take that for granted," Eric allows.

He continues, "I mean, I remember when there were twenty people in a place. You know those twenty people were screaming like there were ten thousand there. And they were singing. When I look out there now, the coolest thing for me is to be able to see those twenty people still in that crowd, and there are ten thousand (people). That will get you going as an artist and as a performer."

Earlier this month Eric Church released, "Give Me Back My Hometown," his latest single. His fourth studio album, "The Outsiders," is due in stores on February 11. Pre-order it on


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