Eric Church‘s life and career is the focus of a brand new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit, “Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul,” presented by Gibson and opening in July.
The exhibit will chronicle Church’s unique path to stardom, from his early years playing in bars and writing songs in Nashville to his current prominence as one of country’s most authentic voices and revered rule-breakers. The exhibit, which opens July 13 and runs through June 2024, is included with museum admission.
Items displayed in the exhibit include the Harmony H-303 three-quarter-size acoustic guitar that belonged to Church as a child; his Ray-Ban Aviator Mirror sunglasses; the Von Dutch trucker hat Church bought at a Mississippi truck stop in the late 2000s and began wearing onstage; a Gibson Eric Church Hummingbird Dark guitar used on his “Double Down Tour” (2019), and more.
In support of the exhibit’s opening, the museum will host a public program, “Writers’ Round: The Songs of Eric Church” featuring Luke Laird, Jeremy Spillman and others, on July 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Ford Theater. The writers will perform and share the stories behind the songs they have crafted with Church. To reserve tickets to the program or learn more about the exhibit, visit the museum’s website.
Having long eschewed industry norms with a sound and approach uniquely his own, Church has held tight to his artistic identity throughout his more than two decades in Nashville, earning a devoted audience and amassing a list of accolades including 10 Billboard No. 1s and over 50 million units sold across multiple Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum-certified albums. Church has also written or co-written almost all of the songs he has recorded and released, and continues to fill sold-out venues with his live show and challenge his own musical approach with every new level of success he achieves.
“Eric Church has done it his way completely,” says Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “His steadfast artistic vision and authenticity resonate deeply with audiences, and he continues to serve as an important collaborator and renegade role model for generations of country music artists.”
The exhibit’s announcement comes ahead of Church’s CMA Fest performance at Nissan Stadium this Saturday, June 10 and the kick off of The Outsiders Revival Tour on June 22.