Eric Church Sets Chicago Attendance Record; Earns North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction

Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church set a new attendance record at Allstate Arena outside Chicago over the weekend. More than 18,600 fans were in the crowd.

That record is a long way from Eric's first show in the Chicago area. He says, "Our journey in the city started in 2005 for about 20 people on Weed Street at a place called Joe's Bar. Those 20 were loud and proud, and they turned this thing into damn near 20,000."

In other Eric news, he's been named as a 2015 inductee into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place Thursday, October 15 in Kannapolis, NC.  Eric hails from Granite Falls, NC.

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Eric Church Sets Chicago Attendance Record; Earns North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction

Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church set a new attendance record at Allstate Arena outside Chicago over the weekend. More than 18,600 fans were in the crowd.

That record is a long way from Eric's first show in the Chicago area. He says, "Our journey in the city started in 2005 for about 20 people on Weed Street at a place called Joe's Bar. Those 20 were loud and proud, and they turned this thing into damn near 20,000."

In other Eric news, he's been named as a 2015 inductee into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place Thursday, October 15 in Kannapolis, NC.  Eric hails from Granite Falls, NC.

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Brad Paisley Sets Country Attendance Record at Houston Rodeo

Image Courtesy Ben Enos/Bieber PRBrad Paisley may be emerging as the new country king of the Houston Rodeo Livestock Show and Rodeo. His Saturday performance at the annual event drew 75,167, which is the highest attendance number for any country act this year. In fact, it's the second-highest attendance number for any act of any genre this year, and the ninth-highest attendance number in the history of the Houston Rodeo.

Luke Bryan closed out the Houston Rodeo with a performance Sunday night.

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Brad Paisley Sets Country Attendance Record at Houston Rodeo

Image Courtesy Ben Enos/Bieber PRBrad Paisley may be emerging as the new country king of the Houston Rodeo Livestock Show and Rodeo. His Saturday performance at the annual event drew 75,167, which is the highest attendance number for any country act this year. In fact, it's the second-highest attendance number for any act of any genre this year, and the ninth-highest attendance number in the history of the Houston Rodeo.

Luke Bryan closed out the Houston Rodeo with a performance Sunday night.

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Jason Aldean Isn’t Going to Talk Your Ear Off During His Concerts

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean tries to keep his mouth shut during his shows unless he's actually singing one of his hit songs. You won't find the superstar doing a lot of talking to the audience in between songs.

He says, "They don't come out to hear me talk. You know what I’m saying? So, they come out, we're gonna try to play as many songs as we can play."

Most of those hit songs, like "Johnny Cash" and "When She Says Baby," are designed to get fans on their feet. Jason and his band have been together for more than a decade now, but they still put their all into delivering those hits during the show.

"[The fans] know that when the show is over, I'm gonna be exhausted 'cause I'm gonna try to go out there and give it everything I've got," Jason says. "My  band, obviously, they're one of the best in the business. They do the same thing. I think that's what really makes it work is that it's all of us up there doing that."

That team effort creates the kind of atmosphere Jason wants fans to experience at his concerts.

He adds, "Anybody that's been to one of our shows knows that it's gonna be loud and it's gonna be fun, and that's what we want."

Jason's Burn It Down tour continues this weekend with shows in Ohio, Illinois and Iowa.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean's hit duet with Kelly Clarkson on "Don't You Wanna Stay" appeared on which one of his studio albums? ANSWER: My Kinda Party.

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