KicBy Annie Reuter
Eric Church will hit the road for a world tour supporting his latest release The Outsiders beginning this September. The Outsiders World Tour will kick off Sept. 11 in Bossier City, La., and will include special guest Dwight Yoakam on all dates, as well as Brandy Clark, Brothers Osborne and Halestorm throughout select dates.
The tour then continues on to St. Louis and Minneapolis. Dates are currently posted through December and cities Church will hit also include Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York City, Memphis, Tulsa and Atlanta (see the full list on Radio.com).
In an interview with Radio.com during his album release week, Church explained that he didn’t want The Outsiders to simply be a follow-up to his critically acclaimed record, Chief.
“Coming off the Chief album, I wanted to make sure people understood that this wasn’t Chief Part 2,” he told Radio.com. “I feel like at this time in our career, we’ve had enough success — it’s always been important to me, when you have that success, you have that relevance, that you’re not just taking the safe path, that you’re not just doing the easy thing. That you’re continuing to be artistic and creative and mining new ground. I think the format’s better for it, the music’s better for it. And I think it’s our responsibility as artists. This album from a creative standpoint is pretty far out there. It was made that way, it was a conscious thing.”
The change in focus didn’t matter too much to his fans; The Outsiders hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its February release, selling 288,000 copies in its first week.
Tickets for the tour go on sale April 18.
See all dates for the first leg of The Outsiders World Tour on Radio.com.