Eric Church knows a thing or two about life. The country music chief has done it all and seen even more. In a land full of unsolicited advice, he is a wise sage.
1. Hangover cures are necessary.
“Before you go to bed, it’s Advil or Alka-Seltzer. One or the other. You gotta be a little bit proactive and get something that stops the headache. You can’t be so drunk that you can’t get the two Advil in your mouth.”
2. Indulge every now and then, but responsibly.
Church has mostly moved on from smoking a little smoke, but he’s still indulging, “I do more of the edibles now just because the smoking part sucking for me vocally. I mean, it’s one of those things I’m not ashamed of. It’s something I enjoy. It’s escapism. I do it responsibly.”
3. Just be honest about being drunk.
“Whatever you do, it’s just, ‘Honey, I was drunk.’ Blame it on the booze. Even if you’re not that drunk, blame it on the booze.”
4. Drink what you know.
“Tequila and I just don’t get along. There’s certain things I can drink. Whiskey. I can drink Jack Daniel’s all night. We like each other. Tequila and I don’t like each other.”
5. Find your release.
Church’s release is a chainsaw, “When I’m cutting a tree, if I’m thinking about anything other than that 40-foot oak tree… I’m a dead man. It’s a therapy thing for me. And there’s very few things you do where that’s all you can think about.”
6. Find your other release.
“I’m an outdoors guy, so I love to fish and I love to get outside. I have a little cabin place in Tennessee, and I like to go there to be miles away from anyone. I got a little amp in there, and I’ll open up the windows and I’ll just play. I’m playing to the woods, but it’s a great way to blow off steam and not think about all the other stuff going on.”
7. Take time to reflect on your own personal journey.
“Enjoy the journey. I didn’t do that real well. As a young artist, you always want to get to the next song or the next album. You want it to be better or more successful, and you just grind and grind and grind.”
8. Listen to your younger self, especially when it comes to pizza and beer.
“I think 21-year-old Eric would tell me as I approach 40 not to eat so much late-night pizza and a 12-pack of beer before you go crawl into bed and [expect it to] turn into muscle.”