Eric Church played his brand new single 'The Outsiders' for the very first time during the 2013 CMA Awards on Wednesday. Church looked a little different without a hat, but the country boy added some rock to his outfit with a pair of aviators.

Blue lights welcomed the singer before he started out the single in a subdued manner. It wasn't long before the performance became all rock, with hard drum beats, an electric guitar and Church screaming the lyrics.

Steam rose from the ground, fire beckoned the crowd and blaring lights added to his performance. The 'Drink in My Hand' star had a checkered light up backdrop and a checkered black and white floor for his country-meets-rock tune, the first from his upcoming 2014 album of the same name.

Chruch is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year award during country music's biggest night.