He isn't yet eligible to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but Eric Church is well on his way. Soon, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor and explore Church's life and career in its newest exhibit, "Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul," presented by Gibson.

"Eric Church has done it his way completely," notes 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 new exhibit will take a look back at the star's rise to the top in country music: Church started like many, playing local bars and working to get his name in lights, in addition to writing songs with others in Nashville. But uniquely, he gained notoriety after he was kicked off of a Rascal Flatts tour for playing too loud and too long. That was in 2006, and it really kicked off his stardom, as fans gravitated toward his outlaw type of approach to music.

Church fans who visit "Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul" will be treated to an array of things: One of his childhood guitars will be on display, as well as pairs of Church's Ray-Bans, the jacket he wore to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LV and the exact Von Dutch hat he bought at a truck stop in the late 2000s that he started to wear on stage every night after.

Church continues to sell out arenas and stadiums, as well as releasing hit record after hit record. This exhibit is a preview of what's to come as much as it's a look back.

"Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul" opens at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on July 13, 2023 and closes in June 2024. It is included with museum admission.

Evan Paul is the host of Taste of Country Nights, a syndicated radio show heard on more than 120 country radio stations nationwide, every night from 7PM to midnight. He plays the best new country music and interviews today's top stars, like Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Lady A, Morgan Wallen + more! 

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