By Jason the 200 lb. Cowboy

Eric Church‘s two sold-out solo shows last week at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado were sprawling, mostly acoustic events, with Church mixing in songs from his five studio albums with choice covers, including Leonard Cohen‘s immortal “Hallelujah.”

First released in 1984, the song has been covered six ways from Sunday by a wide range of artists (from Jeff Buckley to Bon Jovi), and it seemed to strike a spiritual chord with Church’s fans. The unpredictable artist delivered his soul-bearing rendition in tender, fragile style, quietly picking a hollow-bodied electric guitar and singing softly, as if he were alone in a giant natural cathedral — which he pretty much was.

As we previously told you, Eric Church will be heading out on his “Holdin’ My Own Tour” in January, which will feature two sets by Eric with a 20-minute intermission and no opening acts In case you missed it, Eric tells “Rolling Stone” the decision to tour on his own was easy, since he likes to play three-hour shows, which he says is “hard to do” when you have an opener.

“I wanted the freedom to play whatever show I wanted to play,” he says. “And for the fans, who’ve been with us a long time, it’ll be a pretty great night when we come to town and they know they’re going to get a night full of us. We’re going to work our a** off.”

As for the intermission, Eric says he loves the idea that fans can go out and get a beer and “talk about the show with other fans.” He adds, “It gives us two chances as an opener, two chances at closing the show. And it gives us a wide chance to do things.”

Eric’s “Holdin’ My Own Tour” kicks off January 13th in Lincoln, Nebraska. Click here for a complete list of dates.


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