Eric Church wsg Dwight Yoakam
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids
Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
$39.50 and $59.50
vanandelarena.com, (616) 742-6600
With a name like Eric Church, your destiny is essentially ordering you to become a man of the cloth. Or, failing that, a mega country music star. Luckily for us, the melodically-attuned parishioners, this Church made the right choice, and the CMT network is all the better for it. Crusaders for Christ, on the other hand, might be lacking a mighty compadre, as Church has already proved himself to be one of the hardest working men in contemporary country. Going strong since 2006, Church has been leaving a trail of twangy, irresistible hits in his wake, while picking up nominations left and right. Well, what he’s like isn’t important. It’s what he is that makes Church so compelling: namely, a man with all the makings of a country crooner as venerable as Garth or Johnny. This is one Church service you’re not going to want to sleep through.