I’ve been enjoying Country Weekly’s little articles (Who’s New). Last issue, they had Randy Houser in there. And now, we’ve got Eric Durrance.
I remember when I saw Eric at Viking Hall in Bristol, Tenn., this past May. I always get to concerts early -I knew I was going to see Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean, I didn’t even know Eric was going to open for them. I was overhearing some fans talking about him opening for Lady Antebellum, who was opening for Jason. But, those fans were saying "Eric Church." I know who Eric Church is, and I thought that was kind of special — but let me tell you, I was not disappointed to find out it was someone else.
This was a neat show. Eric was there, alone. He played guitar, he sang, and he was good. and then, he was joined on stage by Teddy Gentry on guitar. That was awesome. But I’m rambling here,I really do have a point – Eric’s CMT tour (where he is again opening for Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean) will finish up on Saturday, Nov. 22.
This isn’t about Eric’s shows, or about his album, "Angels Fly Away," it’s about "Turn it off Day." Thanksgiving week is National Family Week., originally proclaimed by President George Bush on Nov.16, 2007. Eric wants to take this one step further, and establish one official date where Americans will "Turn it Off." The "It" he refers to is well… just about everything. Eric is encouraging families to turn off televisions, iPods, cell phones and computers on Saturday,Novl. 29, 2008, and every Saturday following the Thanksgiving holiday, in honor and celebration of the old-fashioned family lifestyle.
"Instead of huddling around the television or sitting in front of a computer-entranced by the screen-or spending countless minutes on cell phones, talking or texting, what if we sat on the front porch with family, or in front of the fireplace in the dark visiting with friends, or hand-wrote a love note to a companion, or played a board game with a group of people?
We’ve gotten so far away from being a social community, if we all took the time to physically communicate and spend time with one another, with heart, care and concentration, and without interruption, for just one day, think of what this would mean for not only the health and growth of our families, but the entire country. I’m in hopes that this will catch on with families, friends, area and community leaders, and policy makers, and we all will consider this as an opportunity just ‘engage’ with one another," Durrance added.
The motivation behind Durrance’s TURN IT OFF DAY campaign is sparked by premise of his current single entitled "Turn It Off" (written by Ronnie Rogers, Teddy Gentry and Josh Leo) which can be heard on country radio stations across the nation. It is the second single released from his CD entitled ANGELS FLY AWAY (co-produced by Teddy Gentry & Mark Bright).
I think that will have to do for tonight. Like most of you, I’m really busy trying to get ready for Thanksgiving, closely followed by a little more Christmas shopping – then the tree goes up. I love this time of year, but can’t help wonder if it would be a little easier if there were about three of me. You guys take care, and write when you have time – always super hearing form you!