Eric Church: A primer and a playlist


Eric Church visits Jiffy Lube Live on Saturday. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Church first graced our pages in July 2006 when he appeared alongside the likes of Fergie and David Bazan in a Chris Richards-penned Singles File column. At the end of the year “Two Pink Lines” came in at No. 19 on the Singles File year-end countdown. Bill Friskics-Warren called his 2009 album “Carolina” a “commercial country rarity: an album that sounds terrific from start to finish.” In his review of an April 2009 show at the State Theatre, J. Freedom du Lac described Church’s performance as “loaded with thundering rhythms and a double electric-guitar attack that often veered into hard Southern-rock terrain.”

In a 2010 interview Church talked to Click Track about playing at indie-centric Lollapalooza in 2009: “I think we were the only country band on there. Somebody said to me, "What's it like to be a country band out here with all these hard rock and rock bands?" And I didn't mean it to sound the way it sounded but I was honest with them. I said, "To be honest with you, I thought we rocked a lot harder than most of these bands." We catalogued five awesome things that happened at Church’s Feb. 2010 show at 9:30 Club, including sunglasses at night. And then there’s his new album, “Chief,” which is “far and away [one of the] strongest country efforts of 2011.”

While you read up, here’s something to listen to: a quick, 8-song Spotify playlist of some of Church’s best songs.

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