Eric Church, The Band Perry to perform at WCU’s Ramsey Center

Tickets went on sale Monday, Feb. 28, for a concert featuring two up-and-coming acts in the world of country music appearing soon at Western Carolina University. Eric Church will be performing live with special guest The Band Perry at WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Church, a native of Granite Falls, is quickly developing a devoted following with his lyrically honest, guitar-driven country music. Already a passionate songwriter at age 13, Church continued composing and performing his music all the way through his college years, after which he moved to Nashville with the hopes of launching a singing career. Today, he is busy touring the country and has recently been nominated for the top new solo vocalist award for the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards.

The trio of songwriting siblings known as The Band Perry also will be bringing their brand of rock-influenced country tunes to the show. Band members Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry have a lifelong love of music and performing, and their focus on family has formed an inseparable bond between them, both on and off the stage. Their single “If I Die Young” reached No. 1 on the country music charts, and the group will be touring with Tim McGraw later in the spring.

Ticket prices for the WCU concert are $30 for the general public and $20 for WCU students. Student tickets sold on the day of the show are $25. Floor space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can buy one guest ticket at the student rate by clicking the ticketing link on the Ramsey Center website.

The concert is sponsored by A.K. Hinds University Center and the Department of Residential Living.

To purchase tickets or to get more information, call 828-227-7722 or visit