If you’ve ever been to an Eric Church show, then you know he’s already worthy of stadiums and arenas with his pyrotechnics and one of the hottest bands in country music. On Nov. 24, he got the chance to prove that as he played the halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Flanked by double rows of gorgeous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, pom-poms shaking, dancing their little boots off, and a field full of country music fans, Eric and his band peeled off hit after hit, medley style, including his most recent smash, “Record Year.” He also included a slightly revised version of the fan favorite, “Drink In My Hand,” changing a line in the chorus to sing “no need to complicate it, we’re Cowboys fans,” obviously showing where his game day allegiance stood. And speaking of allegiances, his set list also included abbreviated versions of “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag,” “My Hometown” and the monster hit “Springsteen,” which got everybody’s hands waving in the air as columns of fire shot up behind Eric on the stage.
Eric is hardly the first country star to earn the performance spot on this prime Turkey Day match-up. According to SportsDay, Luke Bryan played the halftime show last year, Kenny Chesney had the coveted spot in 2012, Keith Urban in 2010, Oklahoman Carrie Underwood took the stage in 2006 following up fellow Okie Toby Keith who played in 2003 after LeAnn Rimes was there in 2002. Even before that, though, Clint Black stole the halftime show in 1999, Randy Travis in 1998 and Reba in 1997.
It’s a safe bet to say that the Dallas Cowboys franchise loves country music.
Oh, and congratulations to the Cowboys who beat the Redskins 31 to 26, making it the 10th straight win for Dallas.