Win a Copy of Eric Church’s Chief

Eric ChurchEric Church has seen his success snowball to a whole new level recently, with first week sales of his new album more than quadrupling those of 2009 sophomore set Carolina. That’s good enough to turn a lot of heads on Music Row, and good enough to land him ahead of Kelly Rowland and Adele on the all-genre albums chart. In fact, Church is the first core country artist to top the Billboard 200 without the benefit of any previous top five country singles since 1967, a fact that has even Billboard wondering “How Did Eric Church Get a No. 1 Album Without Any Hit Singles?

In a recent chat with the Arizona Republic, Church seemed less interested in the chart action itself and more interested in the opportunity his burgeoning success gives him to play an active role in shaping the future of the country format:

My biggest problem with this generation of artists is that we just run songs up and down the charts so we can keep our touring going, so we can make money and have a living and all these things. We don’t make the music that’s really pushing the envelope or taking the music somewhere, expanding the music. Some people are. But I feel like when Cash and Waylon came along, they didn’t make the same music that Ernest Tubbs and Hank Williams Sr., made. They moved the flag. And I think it’s important that we do that. I think the evolution and diversity of the format is what’s going to allow it to have a fan base that doesn’t just grow old and age out.

While Church has come in for some criticism for his audacious interview manner, he has also managed to live up to a surprising amount of his own hype, with a dynamic stage show, considerable writing chops, and one of the great in-studio allies in the form of ultra-inventive producer Jay Joyce.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Find out for yourself by winning some Chief for your own collection. We have one (1) copy of the new album to give away to a random commenter. Just let us know your favorite Eric Church song by next Tuesday, August 16, and we’ll do our best to hook you up.

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  1. says

    I haven’t quite picked a favorite Eric Church song, but I’ve actually found myself really digging “Drink In My Hand.” The lyrics aren’t exactly earth-shattering, but it’s just such a fun infectious performance.

  2. Matt says

    My favorite Eric Church song is definately “Lightning” from the “Sinners Like Me” album. I like how the song’s narrator expresses both remorse for his own actions, yet understands that he is deserving of a just punishment for his actions, which allows the song to take an ambiguous stance on the death penalty without trying to be inoffensive. I only wish that the album version of the song would have been the same as the one used in the music video, which features an acoustic sound after the narrator is killed.

  3. Kevin McINtosh says

    I’ve seen Eric live when he was just hittin’ big back in 06 in some small clubs in NC… part of why I moved here to Nashville to continue writing country songs. And lovin’ it.

  4. Stephanie says

    I’m gonna go with Livin’ Part of Life from Sinners Like Me, love the groove of this song and the laid back attitude.

      • Ryan Roberts says

        I enjoy the song as well. Many times can find myself wondering the same thing as therein described in the lyrics…

        As far as the new record goes…I LOVE Creepin’ !

        • Ryan Roberts says

          Dang iPhones !

          Try this again

          “in many ways I can find myself wondering the same things as the guy described in Livin’ Part of Life.


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