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Eric Church has put his own trick-or-treating days behind him, but he says there was one Halloween in particular that really stands out to him. While he was still living in North Carolina, he and a couple of friends went to nearby Chapel Hill to visit with some friends who were students at the University of North Carolina. The town's main street, called Franklin Street, fills up with partiers every Halloween who are all decked out in costumes.
Eric says he and his buddies were unaware that they had to be in costume until they were already on the way, so they made a quick stop to pick something up. He tells us: “We stopped at a costume place in Greensboro, North Carolina. It's Halloween, so there's a run on everything, and they had the full costume, Sesame Street outfits. The real deal. The real ones (with) feathers and fur. We were Elmo, Cookie Monster and I was Big Bird, and the Big Bird was the actual Big Bird. It's about 7-foot-4, and you looked out of the body and then you had these straps that went on since the head was a lot higher. There's a lot of beer involved in Franklin Street, so we get down there and as the night went on, my straps broke, so the head would pivot. And so, I would be walking one way and the head would be facing the other, and it just became this funny . . . I didn't know the head was on backwards. I had no idea. I see out of the body, so I'm just kinda walking around and people were talking to my ass-end. (laughs) The whole time people would come up and start talking and go, 'Hey, turn around.' And I'd turn around, and they'd go, 'No turn around.' It was a mess.”
Eric will no doubt be taking his two boys out to trick-or-treat this year as he's wrapped up his performance dates for the year. His Double Down tour will kick off in January in Omaha, NE.
Eric's Desperate Man holds the top spot on the Billboard Country Album Chart for a second week in a row. The collection sold nearly 16,000 copies.
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This post is the first in a Sunday series I’m starting titled, “Sundays Are For Church.”
It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Eric Church. I’ve seen him in concert six times, one time even going all the way to London to see him as part of the Country 2 Country (C2C) music festival. I’ve got t-shirts, shot glasses, and posters with his name on them. For the past two Halloweens I’ve dressed up as Erica Church- a character I created who is his female counterpart. She also wears sunglasses indoors, an American flag scarf, and can rock a black leather jacket like nobody’s business. She’s also a BAMF so don’t even think about messing with her!
When people ask me why I love Eric Church so much the first reason I give is that he’s a gifted songwriter. I have immense respect for anyone who writes their own material no matter who they are. With Eric, it’s the depth and creativity of his lyrics that put him in a league of his own, especially nowadays. He’s an expert at crafting songs that make you sit back, shut up, and think. His lyrics are clever and filled with play on words, references to those who came before him, and personal experiences. Eric is one of those artists who sings about real things that have happened to him, making it easy for the listener to connect with his music. His songs are autobiographical- when he sings about an experience, you know he’s lived it.
I think that when people only hear the songs that make it onto the radio they’re quick to dismiss Eric’s songwriting ability. If you’re thinking “Drink In My Hand” when you first hear Eric Church’s name, then you’re not fully aware of his talent as a songwriter (no offense to “Drink In My Hand.”) In order to showcase Eric’s talent as a songwriter, I chose six songs that have never made it onto the radio (deep cuts, if you will) to discuss in detail. For each of these songs, Eric either served as the first writer or as a co-writer.
“A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young“– In this song, Eric asks his wife, “what the hell made you wanna love a man who was gonna die young?” At the age of 36, he’s surprised that he’s already outlived Hank and Jesus, who died at the ages of 29 and 33, respectively. He’s led a fearless life and he credits his wife for saving him from what should have been an early death, keeping him from going under, “when that current got too heavy.” Eric exhibits a strong sense of self awareness in this song that his wild past has caught up with him physically:
“In the mirror, I saw my surprise,
Who knew gray hairs liked to hide on a head that didn’t think he’d live past thirty,
If I make it thirty more, it’s the brown that you’ll be looking for, as you run your fingers through it and say, “slow down, honey””
It’s Eric’s ability to articulate this realization so well that I admire and why I respect him so much as a songwriter.
This song is from his album The Outsiders, which was released in 2014. For this album, Eric and some songwriting friends went to his cabin in North Carolina and cranked out 121 songs (!). A lot of these songs obviously didn’t make the cut as there are only 12 tracks on this album. I’m not sure which ones didn’t make it but I sure am glad that this one did.
Songwriters: Eric Church/Jeremy Spillman
“Can’t Take it With You“- Let me start by saying that this is my all-time favorite Eric Church song. I can’t really put my finger on why. It’s just that every time it comes on, I can’t change the song and it’s pretty much been that way since the first time I heard it. Maybe it’s the guitar riff that pulls me in at the beginning and won’t let me go. Or maybe it’s the song’s relatable message. I guessing it’s probably a combination of the two.
It’s a breakup song, you know, that thing that country music is best known for. In this song, his girlfriend has left him- taking not only furniture but also intangible items as well. This is apparent in the song’s opening line, “never realized how much she brought to the table, ’til I went to sit my cup of coffee where the table used to be.” She also managed to take away opportunities for Eric like giving him a chance to make it all alright. It’s these things that aren’t really things that are the hardest to deal with when a relationship ends. The message here is that when two people split, you take with you more than just the physical items, like the “heirloom antique cradle” but also the memories associated with those items, like one day starting a family. Her leaving left Eric with no choice but to do the same (silver lining: there wasn’t much left for packing.)
“That old house is in the rearview,
Riding shotgun is her ghost,
Who says you can’t take it with you when you go?”
Songwriters: Casey Beathard/Eric Church/Marla Cannon-Goodman
“Knives Of New Orleans” – Who knew a song about a man killing a woman and dropping her in the Pontchartrain (that’s a lake right outside of New Orleans for all you non-Louisiana geography buffs) could be so eloquently written? Or is that even what the song is about? What’s great about this song is that what’s really going on is left up to the listener’s interpretation. As Eric discusses here, all three of the songwriters on this song had a different outcome in mind when writing this song.
“Tonight, a bleeding memory
Is tomorrow’s guilty vein
Your auburn hair on a faraway sea wall
Screams across the Pontchartrain”
It doesn’t matter what you think the guy in this song did, you just know that he’s done something and that he’s now hiding out in New Orleans because of it. He repeats the line, “I did what I did” throughout the song, indicating that he’s dealing with some inner demons because of what he’s done. Images of a woman with auburn hair and hazel eyes are haunting him. Who is she? Well that’s up to you to decide. The fact that Eric allows for the listener to come to their own conclusion about the narrative of this song is a testament to his creativity as a writer.
This song is from his most recent album Mr. Misunderstood, which was released as a surprise on November 3, 2015. I saw that it had been released (via CD in the mail) to a handful of select Church Choir members that morning. Thankfully it was uploaded to iTunes later that night and I downloaded it right away. I didn’t even have to listen to a few songs before deciding to make the purchase, I knew that I wouldn’t regret it and boy was I right!
Songwriters: Eric Church/Jeremy Spillman/Travis Meadows
“You Make It Look So Easy“- I’m convinced that someone once told Eric Church to go and write the greatest love song he could think of and he came back with this. Throughout the song he lists all of his negative qualities: he has a hard head, he overreacts, he puts up walls, he’s hard to love and even harder to live with. He’s not really doing a good job of selling himself! Yet his wife still loves him all while making it look easy. It probably doesn’t hurt that she’s got a hard head too because if anyone knows how to deal with a hard headed man it’s a hard headed woman.
“You’re my compass when I’m lost, my anchor when I get tossed,
And the right way when all I can do is wrong”
With lyrics like these, it’s easy to see why this song made my list. That Mrs. Church sure is a lucky lady!
Songwriter: Eric Church
“Dark Side“- The fifth song on this list, and second from The Outsiders album, is “Dark Side.” Eric sings about his dark side, you know the one, hanging out in the corner of your mind, as he describes it. Whether or not we choose to admit it, we all have a dark side- we all think thoughts that we maybe shouldn’t and know that if anyone ever heard these thoughts that they would probably have us committed. It’s for that reason that Eric’s dark side “don’t ever see the light of day.”
The song ends with a warning to anyone who ever tries to mess with his son (he now has two). If you’ve ever seen him perform this song live you know that he introduces this song by talking about his family and how he loves them so much that he would do anything for them, even kill for them. This sentiment comes through in these lyrics:
“All you thugs and ugly mugs, dealing drugs and makin’ noise,
You can kill each other all you want, but if you touch my little boy,
You beggin’ for this bullet, Will be the last thing that you say,
Let my dark side
Come out to play”
Whew! It sends chills down my spine just typing out that verse. I know one thing’s for sure- I don’t ever wanna see Eric’s dark side!
The end of the song also perfectly bleeds over into the beginning of the next song on the album, “Devil, Devil (Prelude: Princess of Darkness),” which also serves as another excellent example of Eric’s ability to write a damn good song.
Songwriters: Eric Church/Travis Meadows/Jeremy Spillman
“Over When It’s Over“– I had originally planned on just focusing on five songs but I realized that I hadn’t included a single song off of the Chief album on this list. You’re probably familiar with Eric Church’s hit “Springsteen,” which is his most popular song from this album and arguably his most popular song to date. I may be breaking my own rules by including this song because I think I did hear the live version of this song on the radio once though I still don’t think it qualifies as a “hit” so it makes the cut.
If I could switch places with another person for just two minutes and 40 seconds, it would be Joanna Cotten just so I could sing this duet with Eric. Joanna has a set of pipes on her and it’s her powerful voice that really makes this song, in my opinion. The song is about a relationship ending despite how hard they tried to make it work- they had it in the air but they just couldn’t land it. It’s over.
It’s no so much what this song is about that earned it a spot on this list but rather the descriptive language used throughout it to describe the breakup. The split is compared to a “white flag,” “a stop sign,” and “the last long drag on a Marlboro light.” As well as a “blank page when you’re outta words.” And of course there’s the realization that there was no way they could have made it work because there “ain’t no map gonna ever bring us back from where we are.” As Eric sings:
“This ain’t no gone for good drill or no goodbye false alarm”
It’s plain to see that these two are done.
Songwriters: Luke Robert Laird/Eric Church
I hope that I’ve done Eric Church and his songs justice with this post. Picking just six songs to focus on was difficult and even now I’m not so sure if these were the best ones for what I had in mind. This is also not a list of my favorite Eric Church songs either- that list would contain some of his hits like “Kill a Word” and the previously mentioned “Springsteen.”
Stay tuned for more posts in the “Sundays Are For Church” series!
Currently listening to: Eric Church, of course!
Eric Church looks back fondly on his most memorable Halloween, during his first year of college. As Halloween approaches, the country singer recalls one specific Halloween celebration in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Franklin Street with his college buddies.
"I had a bunch of friends that went to University of North Carolina, and we didn’t have costumes and didn’t realize until we were on the way that we had to have costumes," he recalls. "So, we stopped at a costume place in Greensboro, N. C. It’s Halloween, so there’s a run on everything and couldn’t find anything."
So Church and his friends drove around town in search of a store where there were costumes they could purchase for the festivities.
"We end up finding this hole in the wall place, but they had the full-costume, Sesame Street outfits. The real deal. The real ones [with] feathers and fur. We were Elmo, Cookie Monster and I was Big Bird, and the Big Bird was the actual Big Bird. It’s about 7 foot 4, and you looked out of the body and then you had these straps that went on, since the head was a lot higher."
Church admits that there is often much beer involved during the Franklin Street Halloween party, and by the end of the night the straps on his Big Bird costume had broken so the head would pivot.
"I would be walking one way and the head would be facing the other, and it just became this funny . . . I didn’t know the head was on backwards. I had no idea. I see out of the body, so I’m just walking around and people were talking to my ass end," he relates with a laugh. "The whole time people’d come up and start talking and go, ‘Hey, turn around.’ And I’d turn around, and they’d go, ‘No, turn around.’ It was a mess. That year, there was no other Big Bird on Franklin Street."
While Church's days of dressing as Big Bird for Halloween may be over, he can enjoy the holiday through his two sons' eyes this year.
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The Weeknd lit up the Super Bowl LV with his headlining Halftime Show on Sunday (February 7) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Hours before he hit the stafe, Amanda Gorman kicked off the 2021 Super Bowl with a reading of her poem. She spoke about frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and how their heroics have inspired us all.
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Country star Eric Church and R&B artist Jazmine Sullivan performed the national anthem prior to the big game's kick-off. Church performed with his guitar in hand while members of the United States armed forces held their flags behind the pair.
But The Halftime Show performed by The Weekend, whose real name is Abel Tesyafe, was the main attraction. He performed a medley of his viral hits including "The Hills," "Starboy" and "Can't Feel My Face." He donned his signature red suit, this time with rhinestones. After the Super Bowl, he will be retiring his iconic outfit.
The production included a futuristic choir, fireworks and a light maze. He concluded his set by performing "Blinding Lights" on the football field in a sea of lookalike dancers wearing red suits, faux plastic surgery bandages and light-up gloves.
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Eric Church Recalls Surprising Favorite Halloween Costume
Eric Church has celebrated plenty of memorable Halloweens over the years, especially now that he's the father of two sons. But his favorite Halloween memory is one that happened while he was in college, mostly because of his hysterical, and unexpected, costume.
"I remember when I got a little older, my first year of college, there's this thing they do every year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Halloween on Franklin Street," Church recalled. "We drove down from Boone, North Carolina. I had a bunch of friends that went to University of North Carolina, and we didn't have costumes and didn't realize until we were on the way that we had to have costumes. So, we stopped at a costume place in Greensboro, North Carolina. It's Halloween, so there's a run on everything and couldn't find anything."
Undeterred, Church and his friends kept driving, eventually finding a place he described as a "hole in the wall," where he unexpectedly struck costume gold.
"They had the full costume, Sesame Street outfits," Church recounted. "The real deal. The real ones [with] feathers and fur. We were Elmo, Cookie Monster and I was Big Bird, and the Big Bird was the actual Big Bird. It's about 7 ft. 4 [inches], and you looked out of the body and then you had these straps that went on since the head was a lot higher. There's a lot of beer involved in Franklin Street, so we get down there and as the night went on, my straps broke, so the head would pivot. And so, I would be walking one way and the head would be facing the other, and it just became this funny [thing]."
"I didn't know the head was on backwards," he continued. "I had no idea. I see out of the body, so I'm just kind of walking around, and people were talking to my [rear] end. The whole time people would come up and start talking and go, 'Hey, turn around.' And I'd turn around, and they'd go, 'No turn around.' It was a mess. That year, there was no other Big Bird on Franklin Street."
Church will be home for Halloween this year. The singer will launch his ambitious Double Down Tour on Jan. 18, performing back-to-back shows in 18 cities, with one show scheduled at Nashville's Nissan Stadium.
More information, including tour dates, can be found at his official website. Download his latest album, Desperate Man, on iTunes.0comments
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Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs & More Share Their Favorite Halloween Memories
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Halloween is right around the corner on Oct. 31, and it seems like everyone has a great story about the holiday, so we caught up with Luke Bryan, Gabby Barrett, Brett Eldredge, Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs, Eric Church and more to share their spooktacular tales.
Luke Bryan: Favorite Costume
“Me and [wife] Caroline did one year where I dressed up as the old lady, and she dressed up as, as she called herself, a dirty old man. So, she went around acting like an old man saying snide comments to everybody. That was a fun one. The main thing is Caroline loves Halloween and always has.”
Ashley McBryde: Favorite Costume
“My friends and I take Halloween really seriously, and we try to have a themed party every year. One year we did superheroes only. We did it in East Nashville where it was super likely there would be children stopping by for candy. We had Thor, and we had the Green Arrow, we had two different versions of Batman . . . we had 1960s Batman and we had the Dark Knight Batman, we had Penguin, we had the Hulk. I got to be Wonder Woman . . . My favorite part of it was, we’d sit on the porch and kids would come by and they would see super heroes, and they would tell their parents, ‘Mom! It’s Batman!’ and they would run up on the porch and we’d give them candy, and some of them were dressed as superheroes too! Of course, it’s Halloween. And we would say, ‘We’ve been fighting crime all night, where have you been?’ and they were like, ‘We’ve been getting candy!’ That was, hands down, my favorite Halloween, so that gets to be my favorite costume.”
Brett Eldredge: Favorite Costume
“I actually got with a bunch of my friends and we dressed as Teletubbies—whatever those things are—and we went to a bar, and it was just a hit. It was so hot inside those suits, but I was having a great time and everybody just wanted to get pictures with us, and so, Teletubbies definitely has to be one of the craziest things you can be for Halloween.”
Gabby Barrett: Favorite Costume
“My most memorable Halloween costume was definitely dressing up as Belle [from Beauty and the Beast]. I always loved pretty princesses when I was younger, and I remember Belle was my favorite princess, so I had a big poofy yellow dress on, and my mom did a little tiny bit of makeup on me, and it was the cutest thing ever, and that was my favorite by far.”
Trevor Rosen from Old Dominion: Favorite Costume
“I had one Halloween where I waited too long to think of anything, so I told my mom, ‘I got it. I’m going to be a mummy.’ I didn’t have a costume, so I took toilet paper, and she was like, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea.’ I just rolled toilet paper all around me to become a mummy, and shortly into trick-or-treating, it started to drizzle. By the time I got back to the house, I just had little pieces of toilet paper mashed to my body. I did still get candy, so it worked.”
Jon Pardi: Favorite Candy
“Man! The candy corn is pretty good, and that’s seasonal, so it only kinda pops out during Halloween.”
Tenille Townes: Favorite Candy
“I’m always more excited for the chocolate-kinda Halloween candy, that’s my favorite!”
The Brothers Osborne: Favorite Candy
TJ: “I would say, Snickers, Baby Ruth, Kit Kat and Reese’s too.”
John: “I always hated those houses that would give you bad candy, though. You’re like, ‘C’mon. Step it up.’ Spend the extra dollar on a bag, you know?”
TJ: “A house when we were growing up used to give out whole candy bars. It was the best. You were like, ‘That house—that’s the honey hole of candy.’”
John: “I love it, and I love like at the end, like three or four days after Halloween, you would see what candy was left, and it was always like those crappy cheap candies, and they would just go stale.”
Luke Combs: Favorite Candy
“I lived in an apartment complex at the time, and I’m like, ‘I’m gonna get a bag of these because the trick-or-treaters are gonna love these.’ I had one trick-or-treater, and I gave him like five, and then I had this whole bag, and I think I knew when I bought ’em, no one is gonna come trick-or-treating at my apartment. So, I think I was a little bit guilty of subconsciously of buying those and knowing I’d get to eat all of them if I bought them.”
Eric Church: Favorite Costume
“My favorite Halloween costume really came, I remember, when I got a little older during my first year of college, there’s this thing they do every year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina called Halloween on Franklin Street. We drove down from Boone, North Carolina. I had a bunch of friends that went to University of North Carolina, and we didn’t have costumes and didn’t realize until we were on the way that we had to have costumes. So, we stopped at a costume place in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s Halloween, so there’s a run on everything and we couldn’t find anything. And we end up getting sent around, driving around town. We end up finding this hole-in-the-wall place, but they had the full costume, Sesame Street outfits. The real deal. The real ones [with] feathers and fur. We were Elmo, Cookie Monster and I was Big Bird, and the Big Bird was the actual Big Bird. It’s about 7-foot-4, and you looked out of the body and then you had these straps that went on since the head was a lot higher. There’s a lot of beer involved in Franklin Street, so we get down there and as the night went on, my straps broke, so the head would pivot. And so, I would be walking one way and the head would be facing the other, and it just became this funny . . . I didn’t know the head was on backwards. I had no idea. I see out of the body, so I’m just kinda walking around and people were talking to my ass-end [laughing]. The whole time people come up and start talking and go, ‘Hey, turn around.’ And I’d turn around, and they’d go, ‘No turn around.’ It was a mess. That year, there was no other Big Bird on Franklin Street.”
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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations
Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.
His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.
Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”
Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.
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