When Eric Church announced his appropriately-titled “Holdin’ My Own” tour, some were surprised there were no openers. Regardless of what you think about Church’s music, his opening slots over the last few years have been filled with some of the best country and roots artists around as opposed to the Nashville up-and-coming cannon fodder you’re used to seeing open arena tours, acts like The Drive-By Truckers, JD McPherson, The Lone Bellow, Dwight Yoakam, and Brandy Clark.
There may be no openers on Eric Church’s current tour, but that doesn’t mean you may not see some worthy artists take the stage. On Friday evening (2-3) in Dallas, TX at the American Airlines Center, Eric Church shocked the crowd by inviting Texas songwriting legend and general music guru Ray Wylie Hubbard on stage with him to sing Ray’s semi-hit “Screw You, We’re From Texas.”
The invite shouldn’t come as a complete shock to the world. Eric Church drops Ray Wylie Hubbard’s name, along with Jeff Tweety and Elvis Costello in the title track of his most recent album, Mr. Misunderstood. Church released the album as a surprise right before the 2015 CMA Awards, and he performed the song on the show. in 2016, the album was named CMA’s Album of the Year.
“Eric asked me to do that song & I done some cool stuff in my life but that was paramount to about anything I ever done,” Ray said on Twitter. “He do rock.”
— ERIC’S OUTSIDERS (@ERICS_OUTSIDERS) February 4, 2017