In Nashville and parts beyond, Eric Church is known as a rebel, because he makes music his way and doesn’t necessarily play into what labels and radio want to hear from him. It’s not that he’s even that rebellious– he’s just true himself and the music he wants to make.
During a recent interview with the Las Vegas Sun, the Outsider told the newspaper that, “I’ve done things differently in music that’s not always in the confines. It’s usually about people not knowing me and taking the time to dig deeper than the surface. Maybe it’s the sunglasses (laughs)? There is a lot more to me, and you can get deeper with the songs.”
The deeper songs definitely came out on Church’s Mr. Misunderstood and so did that whole doing what he wants to do thing– it was a surprise album– even to his label.
Church went on to say that he’s just doing what his heroes have done, especially George Strait, “He is incredible — especially his longevity. He has stayed true to who he is as an artist. It is an incredibly difficult thing to do, and he has been able to do that.” And nobody is calling Strait an outlaw these days (or ever).
Church also went on to say that while it’s a good thing that country music is mainstream, it’s definitely not all good, “Country has become a bigger umbrella. It’s good and bad. Country has become too homogenized and too commercial. It has lost what makes it special. It’s great that it’s popular, but then it starts to become watered down.”
One thing is for sure, Church may be a commercial and critical success, but he wasn’t aiming for one of those.