Read highlights of the interviews behind our cover story, on stands now
Eric Church shares the cover of the first issue, Rolling Stone Country (on shelves now) with Miranda Lambert, openness about almost being arrested at the ACM Awards, getting pranked by Brad Paisley, Bruce Springsteen met and becoming a father. But there is much more that could not fit into the story – so here’s the rebel Nashville on everything from your attitude and you’re writing process to faux scandals Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift:
Everyone told the chief was the greatest record ever do. [They said] “Even reenter never beat that.” I used a lot of that as fuel: “Okay, motherfuckers know me you think this is all, but can be much more creative, we can be much more out there.” And I saw other artists trying to follow what we were doing. I thought that after the record head, which stopped in the middle and I became one of the guys that were the focus of the format. And I hated that, because I feel that we did our best work from the outside of it. With the title of the album and we were trying to do, I wanted to go there. And I think, musically, I got there.
The stigma is that the country is not cool. That is wrong. Country is very cool. I watch award shows, I watch country represents. Country is represented with an asterisk. We have to do collaborations. We have to make a tribute. We cannot make ourselves. Country music right now is the most popular format in America. The most popular! Look entries, you can see on album sales, which is the format.
It is feeling good. It is a bit shallower than it was a few years ago -. “Let us drink, forget our worries, beach bonfire Lake” is When something works, everyone falls into a pattern. One thing I miss is turning on the radio and I only have one song punch in the stomach and, as a composer, I call my ass. And I think it could use more of that.
“Guys like Me” [off 2006 LP Church Sinners like me] have a guy who drinks too many beers. That was before anyone had ever put beer and truck related songs. Now, it’s in every song. That song was never just gone Top 10 Top 20 This is because it was too driven guy -… That kind of wine country during period “soccer mom”. There were no men in country music at the time in the world of radio, and suffered. And it’s funny now to look that song; every song is much like now.
What I like to get out on the sands, an hour before the doors and run the competition. And you get that anticipation. You smell like popcorn. You see people tapping the barrels. And no one is still there but you, but you feel. It’s my favorite thing in the tour.
It drives me fucking crazy. For our [next] Minneapolis show, 900 tickets that scalpers were identified. The building went back and looked and found that deep, 200 tickets went back to a credit card. So when they realized that they had already sold a lot of tickets for fans of the astronomical prices. And we decided just to go and cancel and let the fans know and start over.
It is a systemic problem with the music, it really is. Right now, in Omaha, you can get Ticket Exchange and pay $ 200 for any ticket you want in Omaha. Not true. They are taking the money and are not even for sale. There are no tickets on sale yet. [Note: This interview was conducted before the tickets went on events.] Do not really have them – they are promising that can get them.
It’s a fucking scam is what it is. It is the mafia. The price of some entries in Minneapolis right now is $ 1,200, and the price for Madison Square Garden is $ 800. This is stupid. Not until solveable illegal. If an amateur contacting at 10 am has the same opportunity as a reseller you get in at 10 am, I’m fine. The problem I have is that resellers have a bazillion people who work for them. And have those robots that scan. So it’s not fair.