Eric Church Admits It Took Him Awhile to Adjust to Playing Arena Shows

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church feels right at home headlining arenas on The Outsiders World Tour, but he admits he didn't handle his first arena tour very well. His third album, Chief, had just broken through to country radio when he started playing those big rooms in early 2012.

Eric tells the Asbury Park Press, "We came from where we were really in our element in these bars, clubs, theaters, and we just owned those places. And then all of a sudden we're an arena act. And what I found is I was a little insecure in the fact that I didn't know how to play an arena."

Eric only had a few country radio hits at the time and didn't realize fans were also coming to hear him sing his notable album cuts, like "These Boots" and "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag." Now, those songs get just as much reaction from the crowd as his #1 hits "Springsteen" and "Talladega."

Says Eric, "With this tour, we've just been more confident to go out and play things that maybe people haven't heard as much of, those album cuts. The real fans that are there, they know everything."

Eric continues The Outsiders World Tour Thursday night in Boston.

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Miranda Lambert in No Hurry to Move on from Her ACM, CMA and Grammy-Winning Album, “Platinum”

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsMiranda Lambert's latest release, Platinum, will be a hard act to follow since it's been named ACM and CMA Album of the Year and won the Best Country Album Grammy in the past few months. Since she's only on the third single form the project, "Little Red Wagon," Miranda is in no hurry to start work on her next album, anyway.

She says, "I definitely am still riding out Platinum. I'm not even close to being tired of it yet. I feel like it's brand-new, even though it's been out a year."

Miranda is proud of the impact Platinum has had on women in country music, too. The second single, "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood, is  a rare country duet between two female acts. She recently shared Song of the Year honors at the ACM Awards with her "Automatic" co-writers Natalie Hemby and Nicolle Galyon, too.

"I guess I'm inspired because of everything that's going on in country music right now," Miranda syas. "Winning Song with Natalie and Nicolle, it's three female songwriters and artists in their own right, and that makes me really excited for the future of females in country music."

Miranda is playing select shows this summer, including a June 6 date at Soldier Field in Chicago with Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival tour.

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Eric Paslay and Fiancée Tie the Knot

UMG NashvilleEric Paslay is a married man. He tied the knot with music publisher Natalie Harker at Front Porch Farms in Charlotte, Tennessee, on Sunday, according to People magazine.

The couple exchanged vows in front of 200 guests.

Commenting on her champagne-colored Vera Wang wedding dress, Harker tells People, "This was one of the only dresses I saw that had that old-world elegance to it. I think it's just really, really beautiful."  

Paslay says of his bride, "[The best part] is knowing that my best friend is the steady star in my sky, and knowing that she'll always be there."

They will spend their honeymoon in Italy.

Paslay and Harker, both 32, got engaged last December. They had dated for two years but had been friends for seven.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley was on hand for the opening of the new George Jones Museum in Nashville Thursday night.

Garth Brooks has added a Thursday, May 28 show at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee to his previously-announced shows there May 29, 30 and 31.

Look for Lee Brice to sing "Drinking Class" on NBC's The Voice Tuesday night.

Randy Houser released a snippet of a new song on Instagram Friday. The caption reads, "New music coming soon! #WeWent."

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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Refuses to Live in Fear Following Recent Bus Fire

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott didn't think twice about getting on board another tour bus after her bus was destroyed in a fire on April 16 on the way to the ACM Awards in Dallas. Everyone on board the bus got out OK, and Hillary turned down her tour manager's offer to put her on a flight back to Nashville from Texas.

Hillary says, "We all bussed back from Dallas, and I was intentional with getting back on, because it's like, when you fall off a horse, you get back on the horse. You know, that's a once-in-a-lifetime thing to happen, and I don't want to live in fear. I refuse to."

Hillary plans to hold on to that fearless attitude as Lady A launches their Wheels Up tour this Friday night in Lubbock, Texas.

When asked if she plans to change anything about the way she travels for this trek, Hillary says, "I mean, other than I think everybody, all the bus drivers will be checking the buses a lot more. But the things is, though, with [the bus fire], I think it was just such a fluke accident."

Lady Antebellum is taking Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt along on the Wheels Up tour. Check out a full list of tour dates at

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