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Eric Church to Debut Title Track From New Album, ‘The Outsiders’ at CMA Awards

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Eric Church has made it clear he isn’t afraid to take a few chances in his career, and this week he will do it again. The singer has announced he will perform his brand-new single, ‘The Outsiders,’ at the CMA Awards, and he admits the crowd reaction could be anyone’s guess.

“Could be crowd-surfing, could be mosh pits,” he admits to the Washington Post about the hard rock tune. “They could be throwing cans at me.”

The North Carolina native graduated to superstar status with the release of his last album, 2011’s ‘Chief,’ which won both a CMA and an ACM award for Album of the Year. But instead of trying to ride the wave of that success, Church opted to take some time off to focus on the album he’s been wanting to make all along.

“We’ve had the ability after every record to feel more emboldened by what we did on the last record,” he explains. “And I think with this one, with the success of ‘Chief,’ we were a little bulletproof.”

The new set of tunes includes everything from songs that lean towards heavy metal to tender love songs, and he admits the eclectic mix is actually making him a bit nervous.

“They’re bold,” the 36-year-old admits. “I’m interested to see what people think about them. I always say the songs are mine till the moment we release them, then they’re the fans’. I’m very anxious. I have a lot of anxiety to see what people think about what we’ve done.”

Church is nominated for two CMA awards, including one for Male Vocalist of the Year. The 47th annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8PM ET on ABC.

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