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Rediscover Eric Church’s Greatest Hits
To celebrate the release of 'Desperate Man,' let’s rediscover what makes Eric Church one of our favorite musicians!
By this point in his career, Eric Church has solidified himself as a country music staple. With five successful studio albums under his belt, 26 singles, 9 of which climbed to No. 1 on the country charts, the North Carolina native is gearing up for the Friday (October 5) release of his latest album, Desperate Man. His progression as an artist has without a doubt been fun to watch, and we can’t wait to hear the artistic direction he’s taken for this latest work.
To celebrate the release of Desperate Man, let’s rediscover what makes Eric Church the amazing musician he is in the first place! We cover every album from 2006’s Sinner Like Me to 2015’s Mr. Misunderstood to really understand the man and get a full scope of his talent. Read on and play some Eric Church songs to really heighten the experience!
Sinners Like Me, 2006
Fresh off his college career, a twenty-two-year-old Church picked up and moved from his Appalachian hometown and arrived in Nashville, ready to hone his songwriting craft. A debut album that showed so much potential for the newcomer. The lead single, “How Bout You” which Church wrote with his brother Brandon, was a success, eventually reaching the top twenty on the country charts and peaking at No. 14. Not a bad rookie run.
Sophomore albums are subject to specific scrutiny, especially if their first delivered all the goods. However, three years following his debut album, Church did not disappoint with his return.
The lead single, “His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)” was well received and a sign of the developed Church that was to follow with the next three releases. “Love Your Love the Most,” “Hell on the Heart” and “Smoke a Little Smoke” dropped in that order, and cemented Church as one of country music’s biggest hitters. Church is credited as a writer on every single song on this album, but two particularly special tracks were written entirely by Church. Title track “Carolina” is a ballad to his home state with honest emotion radiating throughout. But when it comes to backstories, it’s “You Make It Look So Easy” that steals the show. The then newly married Church revealed that he wrote this song as a surprise for his wife at their wedding.
Take a listen with that in mind and you’ll feel the true love the song encompasses.
In between touring diligently and the birth of his first son, the hit-maker somehow found the time to get in the studio and crank out a GRAMMY nominated album.
Five singles were released, all of which charted on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Homeboy,” “Drink In My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Creepin” and “Like Jesus Does,” can’t accurately account for all the greatness on this album. Also home to fan favorite “Over When It’s Over” and “Keep On,” there’s only one track that Church is not credited as a writer on. The songs “Like Jesus Does” and two others were co-written by Church with fellow songwriter Casey Beathard, who has a son named Tucker who’s making his own waves in country music.
The Outsiders, 2014
Having built a reputation for excellence, and a solid fan base at that, The Outsiders debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Ever the visionary, ahead of his fourth studio album release, Church remarked on 2013 For the Love of Music: Nashville,“I think genres are dead. There’s good music. There’s bad music. And I think the cool thing about Nashville is it is at the epicenter of that kind of thinking. I’m a country music artist in Nashville, but Nashville is way, way, way bigger than country music.”
Five singles were released, in the following order, “The Outsiders,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Cold One,” “Talladega” and “Like A Wrecking Ball.” All of them with the exception of “Cold One” which went to No. 14, broke the top 10 on the Country charts.
Mr. Misunderstood, 2015
By this point a mainstream veteran, Mr. Misunderstood still carried all the raw emotional punch of his early work, with the added benefit of being granted greater artistic freedom thanks to his previous successes.
The lead single “Mr. Misunderstood” took home the 2016 ACM Video of the Year Award and was followed by the singles “Record Year,” “Kill a Word,” “Round Here Buzz” and rounded out by tracks released with the entire album. “Mixed Drinks About Feelings” and “Three Year Old,” are all responsible in the album taking home the 2016 CMA Album of the Year Award, and receiving a nod in the same category.
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