Eric Church has a new guest on his career first “Blood Sweat & Beers” headling tour and it’s his career first # 1 single “Drink in My Hand” !
Can we get an Amen from the Choir !
“Drink in My Hand” topped Country radio charts this week and is the first of this North Carolina native’s 10 singles so far to do so.
Old fans are certainly celebrating that Church’s time has finally come. They’ve been with him since Sinners and never looked back.
New fans are awestruck at being introduced to this (new) country artist, wondering where they’ve been that they hadn’t previously heard of his superior songwriting, vocals and kick-ass concerts.
But of late, the whole world is being blown away by Church, CHIEF and the Choir.
That’s because . . .
“Normally, you have No. 1 singles before you have No. 1 albums and arena tours,” comments Church, whose third album, CHIEF made its # 1 debut atop the album chartS in July 2011. “For us, it was the other way.”
Indeed it was. Because Eric Church doesn’t just release records, he breaks records.
On the heels of Church’s debut record Sinners Like Me (2006) and sophomore follow-up Carolina, (2009) neither of which garnered much radio airplay nor “industry” attention, Eric retreated to the Carolina hills to”stoke the creative flame” and emerged with the blueprint for his third studio album (CHIEF) that would break ground, break records and break the glass ceiling the industry had hovering over his head.
How Did He Do It . . .
Peering through “Smoke a Little Smoke” from the stage, Church could see he’d struck a chord where it mattered – with his fans. He took that knowledge, his talent, mixed it with his perfectionism and set out to give his fans an album that would outdo Sinners and Carolina. Now, if you’d heard Sinners and Carolina, you’d never think that coulda been done. But it was and how Eric did it was with focus, determination and integrity.
CHIEF was released on July 26, 2011 but before Eric even made it to his own CD release party his Smartphone was intercepted with the news that CHIEF had debuted at # 1 “across all genres”. And that was just the beginning. Eric had just wrapped up being guest opener on Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party Tour” and had begun to share the summer stage as a guest on Toby Keith’s “Locked & Loaded Tour” when suddenly . . .
Church’s third studio album CHIEF:
- debuted at #1 on Billboard’s 200 chart
- debuted at #1 on iTunes across all genres
- sold 145,000 copies the first week
- held the #1 spot for two weeks
- was certified Gold after only 10 weeks
- was given four-out-of-four stars by PEOPLE magazine . . . and
- had its first single “Homeboy” certified gold
And before 2011 would end Eric Church would:
- receive his 1st ACM Award for New Solo Vocalist
- have his sophomore album “Carolina” certified Gold
- make a 1st time guest appearance on Keith Urban’s closing “Get Closer Tour”
- become a daddy for the 1st time
- take the stage for his 1st CMA performance . . . and
- announce his 1st “Blood Sweat & Beers” headling tour
And with one month remaining, you’d think there was time for no more. But before 2011 closed:
- Eric received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Country Album” for CHIEF
- Taste of Country nominated CHIEF for Album of the Year
- NPR Music named CHIEF one of their Top 50 Albums of 2011
- iTunes named Eric their 2011 Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year and featured CHIEF in their Best of 2011 section
- Amazon named CHIEF in the Top 10 of its Best Country Albums of 2011
- CHIEF landed at No. 19 on Rolling Stones Magazine’s list of the 50 Best Albums of 2011 . . . and
- Rob Harvilla’s SPIN list recognized CHIEF as one of the Top Albums of 2011
Now, I’d say THAT’S how you do your FIRST # 1 single !
And in the words of The Chief:
“This is the 10th single we have released to radio,” explains Church. “It is truly the greatest example of belief, dedication, determination and plain old hard work that we have achieved this milestone. I can’t thank the EMI staff and country radio enough for making this happen and believing in the music, but the real gratitude must go to our fans. I’ve heard countless stories from hundreds of fans of how they have gone above and beyond to get our songs heard and demand that people pay attention to what’s going on in our world. I can’t think of a better way to kick off a tour!”
So, I’d also say you’d best get your tickets to Eric Church’s “Blood Sweat & Beers Tour” f-a-s-t because record-breaking ticket sales has spiked the announcement of a second leg of Eric’s 2012 “Blood Sweat & Beers” headling tour – and The Chief’s first # 1 single “Drink in My Hand” surely just poured a whole new shot of energy into this event !
Enjoy a # 1 like it’s never been done . . .