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By GWEN SISSON
Eric Church said two of his personal favorite songs that will be performed at tonightâ€™s concert are â€śSinners Like Meâ€ť and â€śCarolina.â€ť
Church will be live in concert with special guest Jonathan Singleton and The Grove and Starkvilleâ€™s 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.
â€śThey are about where I am and where I am going,â€ť Church said. â€śThose songs really describe who I am and what I am about as an artist.â€ť
Church is no stranger to Starkville. He has spent several nights entertaining the crowds at Rickâ€™s Cafe.
â€śMississippi has some of my favorite fans,â€ť Church said. â€śThey are the fans I am singing for.â€ť
But donâ€™t 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 tonightâ€™s 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 â€śSmoke A Little Smoke,â€ť and â€śLotta Boot Left to Fill.â€ť Church said he will also perform some of his older songs that audiences enjoy.
â€śPerforming is always something I look forward to,â€ť 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, â€śCarolina,â€ť in 2009, and has had two singles from it, â€śLove Your Love the Mostâ€ť and â€śHell on the Heart,â€ť reach Billboardâ€™s Country Top Ten.
Jonathan Singleton & the Groveâ€™s music draws influence from Singletonâ€™s 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 â€śthat 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€ť
The quintet describes their music as â€śgrassroots country.â€ť Nash Streetâ€™s newest cd is titled â€śBetween Hope and Heartache.â€ť
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 â€śTicketsâ€ť 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.