Outsiders Radio is a monthly radio show hosted by Eric Church on SiriusXM’s The Highway that explores Eric’s personal music influences and plays his current favorites. Church also plays exclusive, never before heard music from his own archives.
Outsiders Radio airs on the last Friday of every month at 10:00 pm ET via satellite on The Highway channel 56 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
The show is also rebroadcasted on Mondays at 12:00 am ET and Wednesdays at 11:00 pm ET.
AIR DATE: June 2018
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the fortieth episode of “Outsiders Radio.” As you know by now, we celebrate the outlaws of country here on Outsiders Radio: The folks who do it their own way, who buck the establishment, and stand up for what they believe in. With that in mind, there’s a new exhibit on that subject at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville. It’s called “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring 70s.” Jessi Colter and Shooter Jennings were at the opening of the exhibit last month, and you’ll hear from both of them here this week. But let’s get things started with a song that sort of summed up the whole outlaw movement from the great Waylon Jennings.
A song that’s as true today as it was back in 1975 from the great Waylon Jennings. Waylon spent many years fighting with his record label over creative control of his…
AIR DATE: MAY 2018
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-ninth episode of “Outsiders Radio.” Last month I played a couple of make-up shows in Texas, and to make them even more special, we had the legendary Steve Earle & The Dukes open for us. Steve was one of those guys who put the cool back in country in the late 80s. To give you an idea what I mean, here’s one of Steve’s biggest hits.
Some great lyrics in that song, and Steve Earle wrote every word himself about his life on the road. “I got a two pack habit and a motel tan. When my boots hit the boards I’m a brand new man. With my back to the riser, I make my stand.” That right there describes life on the road. He joined us for two shows in Texas last month, and you can imagine how it felt for him to sing the words “I’m just out of Austin, bound for San Antone, with the radio blastin’ and the bird dog on.”…
AIR DATE: APRIL 2018
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-eighth episode of “Outsiders Radio”. This week I’ll spotlight a good friend and a great country singer/songwriter: Ashley McBryde. Her debut album, “Girl Going Nowhere,” was just released. She’ll introduce some songs and tell some great stories. But first, we just celebrated Record Store Day around the country, and for it, I released a special collection of cover songs from last year’s Holdin’ My Own tour. THIS one’s 55 years old, and it was originally done by Dave Dudley in 1963.
A whole lot of legends have recorded that song over the years, including George Jones, Charley Pride, and my buddy Steve Earle. But that’s OUR version of “Six Days On The Road,” recorded last year in Pittsburgh, and available on 61 Days In Church (Cover Songs) available now on vinyl!
We’ve been doing this radio show for…
AIR DATE: MARCH 2018
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-seventh episode of “Outsiders Radio”. This month I’m going to put the spotlight on the ladies. I’ve had the chance to sing with some great women over the last few years. Some on record, some on the road, and some on TV shows. I’ve also written with a few. Let’s start with Rhiannon Giddens.
My thanks to the great Rhiannon Giddens for singing with me on that song. We sang it together on several TV shows, including the 2016 CMA Awards and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. For those of you who don’t know, Rhiannon is a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a Grammy winning band from my home state. She really brought a style and authenticity to that song that wouldn’t have been there without her. Let’s hear Rhiannon sing one of her OWN songs.
That’s Rhiannon Giddens with one of her recent songs…
AIR DATE: FEBRUARY 2018
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-sixth episode of “Outsiders Radio”. This weekend, I’ll introduce you to one of my musical collaborators, Jeff Hyde, who has a new solo album called Norman Rockwell World. In fact, let’s start the show with a song that was our first hit together, from my second album Carolina.
There you go…my first musical collaboration with Jeff Hyde from back in 2010. It may not have been a big success at radio, peaking around #16. But it was my second Platinum-selling single, and it’s a BIG hit at my shows. We’ve had a lot more success since then. Jeff just released his debut album, and I thought I’d hand the show over to HIM. Just so you know, Jeff was born and raised in Marshall Texas, and came to Nashville in 2001. A few years later, he made a connection that brought him to me.
JEFF: Since right around…
AIR DATE: JANUARY 2018
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-fifth episode of “Outsiders Radio”. This time, we’ll celebrate the 60th annual Grammy Awards, taking place in New York City, and broadcast Sunday night on CBS-TV. I’ll be performing a special Vegas tribute during the show. I’ll tell you my story about GOING to the Grammys 3 years ago…after we play the title song from my Grammy-nominated album The Outsiders.
I guess nobody felt more like an “outsider” than me when I attended the Grammy Awards in 2015. I mean, The Grammy Awards honor the best of the best in the music business. That award is the Holy Grail of our industry. In 2015, I had four nominations…one in every country category. So I was offered a chance to perform on the show. It was my first time performing on the Grammys. Only one problem: My wife was more than 8 months pregnant, and she…
AIR DATE: DECEMBER 2017
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-fourth episode of “Outsiders Radio”. I hope you had a Merry Christmas! Last month, I was at the BMI Songwriter’s Festival in Maui…of course it’s impossible to have a bad time in Maui. But I had the BEST time, and I’ll tell you all about it in this episode of Outsiders Radio. Among the legends there was the writer just named an ICON at the BMI Awards: Bob DiPiero, who wrote THIS monster hit for George Strait.
King George and Blue Clear Sky, written by this year’s BMI Icon Bob DiPiero. Bob was with us in Maui last month for the BMI Songwriters Festival, along with two previous Icon winners, two of my heroes: Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. Let’s start with Kris. As my fans know, Kris Kristofferson is the reason I’m here. If it hadn’t been for him, I would have given up on my dream in…
AIR DATE: NOVEMBER 2017
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-third episode of “Outsiders Radio”. As you hear this, I’m in Maui attending the BMI Songwriters Festival. We’ll talk more about that in a bit. First though I was VERY honored to lead off this year’s CMA Awards with Amazing Grace. I really think it set the tone for the night. We were respectful for those we lost in Las Vegas and other places this year.
Then my buddy Darius Rucker came out with those familiar notes with a song that topped the chart in 1994.
Great song, sung by a great guy…love Darius Rucker. Those of you who watched the CMA Awards got to see him sing it with Lady Antebellum & Keith Urban. Afterwards, Keith talked about that song.
"I thought it was so the right thing to do. To show solidarity among us as artists, but then put it out to the audience, it’s all one big country…
AIR DATE: OCTOBER 2017
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-second episode of “Outsiders Radio”. There’s a lot to talk about today. A few weeks ago, country music fans were attacked by a gunman at a festival in Las Vegas. At last count, 59 people were killed, and over 500 injured. I performed at that festival on Friday, and some of the people at MY show were at also the show that fateful Sunday. I’m a songwriter, and I write about what I’m feeling. A few days later, I performed this song at the Grand Ole Opry.
In the weeks following the tragedy that happened in Las Vegas, a lot of country artists have stepped forward to speak about what happened. Jason Aldean was on stage in Las Vegas when the shooter attacked the fans. A week later, he appeared on Saturday Night Live, and said: “So many people are hurting. They’re all part of our family. We hurt for you…
AIR DATE: SEPTEMBER 2017
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-first episode of “Outsiders Radio”. It’s been a busy month. I’ve been back on the road, doing a few selected shows around the country. They were different from the Holdin’ My Own shows. I had opening acts with me. While I’ve been on the road, I’ve been seeing a lot of the tragedy that hit places like Texas and Florida. Those hurricanes definitely affected my tour this month. We also had some sad news in the music world, losing Don Williams and Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry. So those are some of the topics we’ll talk about in this edition of Outsiders Radio.
That’s an appropriate way to kick off Outsiders Radio. It’s also the song that kicked our shows this month. I have to admit when the tour wrapped up in May, I was pretty worn out. But by September, I was ready for a few more. We…
AIR DATE: AUGUST 2017
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirtieth episode of “Outsiders Radio”. I’ve had a couple months to recuperate from the Holdin’ My Own tour. Got to do some fishing, spend time with my boys and my wife, and anything else I could do that was NOT about being on the road. I feel recharged, re-energized, and ready for a few more shows. So that’s what I’m doing! I’m hittin’ the road for my final shows of 2017. It all begins Labor Day weekend in Stateline NV.
Feels good to hear those two songs again. I’m Eric Church warmin’ up the bus, and getting’ ready to hit the road for a few more shows in September. Joining me for the first two shows Labor Day weekend is a young artist who’s received a lot of attention named Margo Price. She’s been a fixture in Nashville for a long time, performing for a while with Sturgill Simpson . Her debut…
AIR DATE: JULY 2017
Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the twenty-ninth episode of “Outsiders Radio”. Tonight, it’s Fan’s Choice. We ended our Holdin’ My Own Tour with two sold-out shows in Nashville. That night, we sent our radio team out to speak with some fans at the show, and we got THEM to introduce THEIR favorites. So let’s get started.
"My name is John I’m from St. Louis, I’ve been a Eric Church fan for 8 years, my favorite Church song is Drink a Little Drink. It’s self-explanatory. My favorite moment at a Church concert is drinkin’ and havin’ a good ass time. This is gonna be the best one right here, this meet & greet, damn."
Obviously some smokin’ and drinkin’ going on at my shows. Here’s another one.
"I’m Meghan from St. Louis, I’ve been a Church fan for five years, my favorite Church song is Drink In My Hand. My favorite moment is right now, getting to…