PARADISE COUNTRY CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE
SATURDAY DECEMBER 8th
COUNTRY MUSIC MAVERICK…..While
reality television continues to minimize the
concept of being a bona fide singer there are a “Chosen
Few” songwriting musicians who separate themselves from
the pack by creating music with passion from within the soul.
One of those artist is rising Superstar ERIC CHURCH
whose debut CAPITAL Record release “Sinners
Like Me” reached #7 on the U.S.
Country charts and #29 on the
Billboard Charts. The disc has also produced
three top twenty hits “Two Pink Lines”, “How Bout
You”, and “Guys Like Me”. One of Country
Music’s high priest MERLE HAGGARD even chimes in on
“I Pledge Allegiance to the Hag” as CHURCH
pays homage to the Country Music legend.
The 30 year-old
native didn’t achieve instant success when “Sinners Like
Me” was released in July of 2006; he went out and earned
CHURCH has been out on the
dusty tour trial kickin’ his boots up just about anywhere he
could plug in his guitar. It’s that work ethic and willingness
to build his fan base through is ardent live performances that
have tapped into the consciousness of the Country Music
community. Songs like “Before She Does” and
“What I Almost Was” hit home like a bolt of
“Lightning” with just about every blue collar American.
In between his solo shows CHURCH has amassed himself
quite a resume this past year saddling up on stage with some of
Music’s elite including HANK WILLIAMS, JR., CHARLIE DANIELS,
BRAD PAISLEY, RASCAL
FLATTS and BOB SEGER.
Most recently CHURCH joined LORETTA LYNN
and the VAN ZANDT Brothers at the
of Country Music the Ryman
Auditorium inside the GRAND OLE OPRY.
The NIGHTLIFE/Best of WNY ROCK RAPPORT had the
pleasure of roping in the spirited Cowboy Rocker for a few
minutes as he makes his way across the mid-west to CLUB
PARADISE to headline the CHURCH COUNTRY
Thanks so much ERIC for taking time out for the
insatiable Country Music Masses here in
Western New York
Southern Ontario. Congratulations
on the huge success of your debut disc “Sinners Like Me”,
the hard work and determination you’ve put into
promoting and touring is quite impressive.
right about the hard work, my band and crew have really done me
and these songs proud; at the same time it really has been a
blast for all of us
That’s just part of the fabric of who I am; you make your
music and you take it out to the fans. Any artist I’ve ever
been a fan of whether it’s Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll or Blues takes
their music on the road to build that loyal fan base. It’s been
real important for us to go to every city that will have us and
build that CHURCH foundation; I hope that each record will be
another brick in that foundation and allow us to take this thing
where I want it to take us.
In recent year’s reality television has
really minimized the work ethic that we just touched on does
that perplex someone like yourself who has paid their dues?
ERIC CHURCH-Sometimes there
are certain aspects about the music industry that are
frustrating but the one thing that is comforting is that there
are still artists out there making great music.
Technology and new advertising concepts have afforded this
generation a new platform; all I can say is it’s just not for
me, I want my music to mean something to people ten years from
Ross CAT-When listening to
“Sinners Like Me” your debut record; it seems as if
this collection of songs are the lyrics to your life to date,
how difficult is it to open yourself up like that?
Yeah the entire record was written that
way, the title track is the most auto-biographical on the
Really the only song that isn’t a helluva lot of me is
“LIGHTNING”; thankfully I’ve never been in that position.
Although I wrote that song based on my personal perspective of
the “Green Mile”, I remember thinking about the feeling I
would have if I was in that predicament.
That song set me apart from all the other talented artists
out there, it lead me to both my publishing and recording deal.
It really is a unique song in the sense that it touches people;
that’s what I always try to accomplish in my songwriting. As a
fan of music a song doesn’t necessarily have to be a so called
radio hit to find happiness or healing within it.
Ross CAT-Your lifetime of
experiences helped you create “Sinners Like Me”,
where does ERIC CHRUCH procure his inspiration for the
ERIC CHURCH- That’s a great
question, I do know that you can’t go back to the same place,
for me music is like life and everyday you hope your life
experiences brings you growth.
We’ve talked about how we’ve been on the road for about two
years and for me that’s stimulating as a songwriter. The people
I’ve met and the places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit have
brought me more insight to myself and the world, more then I
could have ever imagined.
We’ve recorded about four or five songs and I can tell you
that a lot has to do with the stories I’ve heard and the
characters I’ve met along this great ride I’ve been on. We’ll
be finishing it up through December and January and hope to get
it out to the fans early next year.
Ross CAT- Let’s talk a
little about your experiences of the road. Readers would have
me lynched if I didn’t ask about your departure from the
RASCAL FLATTS tour?
Honestly I do want to say that there
isn’t really any hard feelings toward the guys in the band. It
was more a decision based on what they felt was right for them
Buffalo was one of those shows we did with them and I think
most folks who know me know that when you pay your hard earned
money to see ERIC CHURCH your gonna get what you paid for. That
being said I guess on certain nights we may have played a little
too long and a little too loud for their liking. No hard
feelings things always happen for a good reason.
Ross CAT-As it happens that
opened the door for another great opportunity as you ended up
shootin’ up the opening slot for the long awaited BOB SEGER
and the Silver Bullet Band tour. Tell us about that
ERIC CHURCH-No matter what
success I may achieve in my lifetime those twenty-five or so
dates with the SEGER tour will forever be ingrained in my soul.
As a fan of music you won’t find a better man, musician or
mentor in BOB and his manger PUNCH. After every set we did I
would watch the entire SEGER show in awe, I learned something
new each and every night. SEGER’S music really exemplifies the
power of song and it’s something I’ll always carry with me in my
ERIC your songwriting truly demonstrates the character
you display in living life and that begins with family, I see
your brother BRANDON co-wrote
“How Bout You”.
ERIC CHURCH-Yeah my family is
the most important thing to me, they’ve helped me strive to be
the man I’ve become. BRANDON is a big part of what we are
trying to build, as a matter of fact he co-wrote a couple of the
songs we are doing for the new record as well.
I also want to mention that I’m a staunch supporter of the
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION. My mother was diagnosed with
Type 1 Diabetes at 52 years old so the last five years or so
I’ve gotten a first hand look at the effects, it has become very
important to me to help raise the awareness of this disease.
Ross CAT-Lastly, with
Country and Rock fusing together more then ever when CMT
approaches you for a CROSSROADS concert who would
you like to share songs with?
ERIC CHURCH- I would have to
say it would be a dream come true to get up there with BRUCE
SPRINGSTEEN and just two acoustic guitars and let it rip song
The ROCK RAPPORT would like to thank ERIC
CHURCH for his valuable time as well as Kim Fowler
from Two Dog Media.
VISIT ERIC CHURCH AT:
The BACK II BACK
in conjunction with 106.5
WYRK is proud to present the CHURCH CHRISTMAS COUNTRY
York’s Premier Entertainment Complex CLUB PARADISE.
Rousting up the rowdies in the opening
slot will be Regional Country Rockers BAREBACK JACK and
UNDERGROUND STAMPEDE both whom are BUFFALO MUSIC
AWARD NOMNINEES at next Thursday’s (Dec. 6th)
awards ceremony at Rock ‘n” Roll Heaven.
Also appearing on the bill will be National
Recording Artist LIZ CARLISLE; the little lady with the
big voice hails from Montana and is currently in
the midst of a tour in support of her latest effort “Big
Dreams”. Be sure to check out her website for
some great song samples at
The BACK II BACK Entertainment Group would also like
to thank show sponsors JAN’S SMOKE and CRAFT SHOP
as well as TRUCKS MAINTAINED/ LINE-X of WNY)