As American artists prepare to be home for the Fourth of July, celebrating Independence Day on Wednesday with friends and family, EMI Records Nashville’s hit artist and songwriter Eric Paslay will be somewhere else entirely.
Wednesday will see the native of Temple, Texas, who has enjoyed great success with his own music and as a writer for the Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts and others, will be performing in Abu Dhabi. Paslay is set to play for US troops stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, before shows in the UK, in Glasgow (6 July), Liverpool (7) and then with a highly prestigious place on Eric Clapton’s bill in London’s Hyde Park.
That 8 July show in the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park series sees Clapton headlining with stellar support from Santana and Steve Winwood. A full supporting bill includes Paslay as well as Zucchero, Gary Clark Jr, Chas and Dave, Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real, the Wandering Hearts, Ryan Kinder, the Americans and Kelly McGrath.
‘I love the adventure of playing for new fans,” says Paslay. “It’s great to be back in the UK and I can’t wait to see the soldiers in Abu Dhabi for my first experience there.” The trip marks his second time performing in the UK, after visiting for the CMA Songwriters Series concerts last autumn.
Meanwhile, Paslay’s current single ‘Young Forever’ is currently at radio and is the first release from what will be the follow-up to his acclaimed self-titled debut set. He’s also had three country No. 1s as the co-writer of the Eli Young Band’s ‘Even If It Breaks Your Heart,’ Jake Owen’s ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ and ‘Angel Eyes’ by Love & Theft, and wrote Rascal Flatts’ top five ‘Rewind.’ In 2013, his own ‘Friday Night’ became a gold-certified No. 2 country airplay hit from the Eric Paslay album.