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By GWEN SISSON
Eric Church said two of his personal favorite songs that will be performed at tonightâs concert are âSinners Like Meâ and âCarolina.â
Church will be live in concert with special guest Jonathan Singleton and The Grove and Starkvilleâs very own Nash Street at 8 p.m. tonight at the Mississippi Horse Park.
Church said those two songs in particular were about his life.
âThey are about where I am and where I am going,â Church said. âThose songs really describe who I am and what I am about as an artist.â
Church is no stranger to Starkville. He has spent several nights entertaining the crowds at Rickâs Cafe.
âMississippi has some of my favorite fans,â Church said. âThey are the fans I am singing for.â
But donât expect to see the same show. Church said as each performance continues to evolve, he is always looking for ways to take the experience to a new level for his audiences.
At tonightâs concert, Church said to expect a high energy performance, a bigger stage and a passion for the music.
One the hottest Church songs right now is âSmoke A Little Smoke,â and âLotta Boot Left to Fill.â Church said he will also perform some of his older songs that audiences enjoy.
âPerforming is always something I look forward to,â Church said.
Church began writing songs at the age of 13 at his home in Granite Falls, N. C. His style of music is reminiscent of artists such as Merle Haggard, John Prine, and Steve Earle. Church released his album, âCarolina,â in 2009, and has had two singles from it, âLove Your Love the Mostâ and âHell on the Heart,â reach Billboardâs Country Top Ten.
Jonathan Singleton & the Groveâs music draws influence from Singletonâs hometown of Jackson, Tenn. Memphis shaped the bluesy style of their music while Nashville guided the lyrical story-telling aspect of their music. The Grove released their self-titled EP in May, 2010.
Nash Street is a Starkville group âthat successfully bridges the gap between country music and traditional bluegrass. Nash Street utilizes influences such as Chris Thile, The Eagles, and Ricky Skaggs to compliment the soulful melodies of the Mississippi and the leisurely rhythm of southern life.â
The quintet describes their music as âgrassroots country.â Nash Streetâs newest cd is titled âBetween Hope and Heartache.â
Student and general public tickets are available at the MSU Bryan Ticket Office. Up to two student tickets, $15 each, may be purchased with each valid MSU student ID presented. Tickets for the general public are $25.
General public tickets may also be purchased online by following the âTicketsâ link on the Music Maker Productions website, http://www.mmp.org.msstate.edu. All day of show tickets will be $25 and may be purchased at the door.