Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2012 Eric Church kicked off his first arena headlining tour?

It’s true! It was in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with opening acts Brantley Gilbert, Sonia Leigh and The Cadillac Black, a band that included "You Gonna Fly" songwriter Jaren Johnston.

Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Check out this Eric Church video!

Here are 5 interesting facts about Eric Church.

  • His full name is actually Kenneth Eric Church.
  • After seeing the movie The Green Mile, he was inspired to write the song "Lightning."
  • His musical influences include Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and John Prine.
  • He attended Appalachian State University, where he majored in marketing.
  • He actually landed a publishing deal at Sony/ATV Tree Publishing when he was fresh out of college.