Eric Church’s life and career will soon be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN, per the Hall’s announcement on Tuesday. In just nine years, Eric Church has gone from being relatively unknown to an award-winning country artist who regularly fills arenas and the top slots of Billboard’s Hot Country charts.
What began as another new singer with a handful of catchy songs grew into the career of a true artist. While his initial Gold albums weren’t inconsequential by any means, Eric Church really seemed to hit his stride five years into his career with the release of his third album, “Chief.” The album that produced the number one hits “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen” really began to show his artistry emerging.
With “Chief,” the 2013 ACM Album of the Year, Eric Church began to redefine the limits of country music. His rock influences began to mix with his country roots for a sound and a lyrical story that would be unique to him. Eric Church became a persona of rock and rowdiness with enough reality thrown in for good measure to keep him endeared to fans. Songs like “Creepin’” told the age-old story of love lost with a new twist while hits such as “Like Jesus Does,” kept Church humble enough to show that he’s human.
With “Chief” behind him and a rock solid foundation to build on, Eric Church took his vision to a whole new level with his fourth album, “The Outsiders.” In interviews surrounding the album’s upcoming release, Eric Church made it clear that he’d put extensive effort into making an album that didn’t exist just for the sake of cranking out chart-topping hits but rather a project that would tell a story. Eric Church wrote 121 songs that he later narrowed down to 12 for the final album cuts–all in an attempt to bring a creative vision to fruition.
Eric Church doesn’t fit the traditional country mold, or even the traditional celebrity mold. He shies away from social media and doesn’t strive for just another catchy song or something to simply make money for his label. He’s a country music artist who wants to leave a mark, color outside the lines and see what beautiful picture can emerge from allowing himself the freedom to do things differently.
Now his story will be told through career memorabilia such as song manuscripts, photos, guitars, concert wear and other items personally chosen by Eric Church. According to All Access Music Group, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit will open on Friday, September 18 and will run through February 2016.
For directions or more information about the exhibit, visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.