by Eric Church


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Eric Church is on a mission. You might expect someone coming off of their first two Top Ten country singles and an ACM Award for “Top New Solo Vocalist” to lock down the formula and go for more of the same, but with his third album, Chief, Church is trying something bolder and using the opportunity provided by his success to push his music even further. The lead single “Homeboy” is perhaps the bravest track on Chief. It is a provocative appeal from one brother to another to get back on track and make peace with his family.

“I have a theory that all of us only get a small window of time to make records when people will really listen and care,” he says. “It’s up to us to move the needle. People like Waylon and Cash or Garth and Strait - they all changed the direction of the music a little bit," describes Church of the musical nature of Chief.

The desire to capture the intensity of his live show on record is indicated right in the title of the new album. “‘Chief’ was my grandfather’s nickname, and it has become my nickname on the road,” Church reveals. “When it’s show time, I put on the sunglasses and the hat, and that’s how people know it’s game time. This album was made from a live place; we recorded it with the live show in mind, so it just seemed right to make that the title.”

If there is one thing country music needs more of, it’s the attitude that is driving Eric Church, the approach behind every song on Chief, the fearlessness that lets an artist swing for the fences and try to leave a mark on history. “There were safer choices I could have made for sure, but I just can’t feel that helps anybody,” he says. “If you have any respect for the music, you’ll use each chance you get to try to be one of the ones who moves the flag.” From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2011
Label: Liberty
UPC: 5099909426627
catalogNumber: 94266

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Church   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Giles Reaves   Vibes
Pat McLaughlin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Steve Fishell   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Jay Joyce   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Craig Wright   Percussion,Drums
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Lee Hendricks   Bass
Jason Hall   Background Vocals
Joanna Cotten   Background Vocals
Alfreda McCrary Lee   Background Vocals
Jedd Hughes   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Regina McCrary   Background Vocals
Shelly Fairchild   Background Vocals
Charlie Worsham   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Luke Laird   Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Hyde   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Background Vocals
Stephanie Chapman   Background Vocals
Jonathan Singleton   Background Vocals
Ryan Tyndell   Background Vocals
Jaime King   Background Vocals
Beverly Ann McCrary   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jay Joyce   Producer,Engineer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Jason Hall   Engineer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Eric Church   Composer
Arturo Buenahora   Executive Producer
John Peets   Management
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Lynn Hutton   Composer
Marv Green   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Jeff Hyde   Composer
Michael Heeney   Composer
Ryan Tyndell   Composer
Jeremy Crady   Composer

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Chief 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very few albums now-a-days truly rate 5 stars, but this one definately does!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of energy and humor!
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