Eric Church Introduces Hard Rock Ally at 2014 CMT Music Awards

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm Joins Him for Aggressive Performance of "That's Damn Rock & Roll"

If you were questioning Eric Church’s logic in inviting the hard rock band Halestorm to open select dates on his current tour, his performance at the 2014 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 4) should more than dispel any concerns.

In Halestorm lead singer Lzzy Hale, Church has found a worthy ally to help show the world he really can rock with the best of them.

Church and Hale teamed up for an edgy performance of “That’s Damn Rock & Roll,” a track from his latest album, The Outsiders. Name checking Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Nirvana, the song lyrics portray what rock ’n’ roll isn’t while prompting listeners to largely draw their own conclusions about what the spirit is really about.

Halestorm’s The Strange Case Of reached No. 1 on Billboard’s hard rock albums chart. The project’s first single, “Love Bites (So Do I),” received a Grammy for best hard rock/metal performance in 2012.

Church will perform Friday during the CMA Music Festival’s nightly concert series at LP Field in Nashville. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean and Travis Tritt will also appear at the concert.

Halestorm’s dates with Church on The Outsiders World Tour resume in late November.

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.