published Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Eric Church recording live album at Chattanooga's Tivoli Theatre

by Cliff Hightower
Country singer Eric Church performs at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
Country singer Eric Church performs at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Will you go see Eric Church at the Tivoli?

Country singer Eric Church will be recording his concerts when he plays Oct. 8 and 9 at the Tivoli Theatre.

"The show is open to the public and tickets will go on sale in mid-September," said Amanda French, publicist for Church.

The concerts start off his Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. The recording will be used for his first live album, set for release next year. He also will shoot a video for his song "Captured" at the shows.

Church's hit singles include "Springsteen" and "Drink in my Hand." The tour highlights his third album, "Chief," which went on sale last year and reached No. 1 on the Billboard County Album charts.

Church opened Riverbend this year and Friends of the Festival officials said he drew the third-largest crowd in the 30-year history of the event.

Donna Landry, the city's marketing manager for Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium and Tivoli Theatre, said in a press release that tickets would go on sale 10 a.m. on Sept. 14. They'll cost $47.50 for general admission in the pit area and $47.50 or $37.50 for floor seating and the balcony.

Missy Crutchfield, administrator for the city's Department of Education, Arts & Culture, said she has pressed her staff recently to book bigger acts. She said her team has been working for weeks on getting Church to the Tivoli.

"It's huge," she said. "This is a huge deal."

She said ultimately the relationships made with Church's promoters could lead to even more acts at the Tivoli Theatre or Memorial Auditorium.

"It snowballs in a good way," she said.

Crutchfield said the relationships developed with the promoter and the historic beauty of the Tivoli led Church to want to record his first live album here.

"It doesn't take a whole lot of time to fall in love with Chattanooga," she said.

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