Eric Church is coming to Rupp Arena in May

Eric Church performs at the American Country Countdown Awards at the Music City Center on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. © AP/Invision photo by Wade Payne.

Eric Church performs at the American Country Countdown Awards at the Music City Center on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. © AP/Invision photo by Wade Payne.

As often happens, after one country show wraps up at Rupp Arena, another one is announced. On the high-heels of Miranda Lambert’s boots, Rupp announced Monday that genre-bending country star Eric Church will be bringing his “The Outsiders World Tour” to Lexington May 7. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $25 to $61.50 at the Lexington Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations and, of course, online at rupparena.com.

Church attracted more than 13,000 fans to Rupp in 2012 when he came through town on his first headlining arena tour.

“This was a night where arena-size guitar rock, regardless of the country billing, clearly ruled,” LexGo.com critic Walter Tunis wrote of the show, echoing one of the primary characteristics of Church’s music.

“Church is arguably both the mainstream country artist of the year and the mainstream rock artist of the year,” the Memphis Commercial-Appeal wrote of his show and his latest album, The Outsiders, which dropped just under a year ago.

That album has Church in contention for three Grammy Awards on Feb. 8: best country solo performance and best country song (with co-writer Luke Laird) for Give Me Back My Hometown and best country album for The Outsiders. He’s also nominated for best country duo/group performance with Keith Urban for Raise ‘Em Up from Urban’s 2013 album, Fuse.

Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow, whose new album Then Came the Morning comes out Jan. 27, will open.

 

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