Eric Church Leaves Fans Wanting More at CMA Fest Day 3 [Pictures and Setlist]
After a long period of applause under darkened skies, the lights came up, signaling the end to the night. Typically, a night-closing artist only gets to play six or seven songs at Nissan Stadium, but there was nothing typical of Church's set. Reimagined versions of songs like "Drink in My Hand" mixed with funkier versions of "Bad Mother Trucker." A cover of Little Feat's "Sailing Shoes" was a highlight for his longtime fans.
Those seeing him for the first time wanted "Springsteen" and didn't get it. That — combined with an expected, and arguably hinted-at encore that never came — upset a few fans, and they expressed displeasure, while others raved about what they saw.
Contrary to what you may see on Twitter (he played seven songs, not four), he finished "Smoke a Little Smoke," thanked the crowd, basked in the applause for a few seconds and walked off stage.
Church closed a fairly straight-forward night at CMA Fest. There were no special guest appearances, and solo men (Jason Aldean, Jon Pardi, Tracy Lawrence) brought grit and classic country to the stage.
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