You're right Firemt, he didn't play it at the Lowell, MA show. I had seem him do it the year before in NH and thought he had stopped... but he seems to have picked it back up again :) It is pretty awesome!
he did this in July at the show in Paso Robles, CA...also did it in May at a show in Maryland I was at.
he didnt do this at the lowell show i went to...
Eric has been playing A Country Boy Can Survive as an intro to Homeboy at all of the full band shows I've seen since at least June of last year.