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Eric Church Returns to Prison

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Artists, Eric Church, News, Videos - 8 Comments
Eric Church Returns to Prison

Things have certainly been looking good lately for EMI recording artist Eric Church. Having recently taken home the ACM Award for New Solo Vocalist of the Year and currently holding a strong nomination for the vote-every-day-at-CMT.com-for-Eric-Church-until-June 7 for the Nationwide Insurance On Your Side Award, it seemed Eric’s career was picking up positive speed.

But a quick look at his record indicates Eric Church has returned to prison. This time for the shooting of Homeboy.

Reported as Church’s fastest-rising career single, Homeboy is Eric’s lead single from Chief, his much anticipated, soon-to-be released third studio album and personal nickname adopted from his grandfather.

Now, through no fault and no fight of my own I became addicted to Eric Church when he debuted a Sinner Like Me in 2006. With whiskey-soaked vocals, tour names like Jagermeister and song lyrics like “Jack Daniels kicked my ass again last night”, becoming addicted to Eric Church – well,  came natural.

What can I say, we all lose our way.

As can anyone we know. And as did the subject of Eric Church’s current single and recently released video – Homeboy.

But Church wastes no time returning to the old Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville where in 2007 he filmed his breath-holding video for Lightning – “the song that got Eric his publishing deal and ultimately his record deal”, confides Cindy Mabe, vice president of marketing at Capitol Records Nashville. She concludes, “it (Lightning) represents everything that makes Eric unique…his ability to hold you in the palm of his hands with a story that will bring you to tears and makes you feel empathy for a man that’s going to the electric chair.”

And while the subject of Homeboy is not facing the death penalty, Eric returns once again to the State Prison, pleading that the youngster give up his street lifestyle and come back home.

Eric’s signature rough and rowdy vocals explode rhythmically in sync with Homeboy’s chorus, heightening the tension, tempting the boy and complementing the plea.

Only time will tell if Eric Church is able to convince this young prisoner to return to a cleaner life. But one thing’s for certain, Homeboy’s a prelude to another wild ride with Chief !

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Christine McDonald

Christine McDonald has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and a thought. Her pastimes growing up were singing, dancing, writing and plunking out tunes on a little toy piano. Singing "All You Need Is Love", Christine made her debut where most performers get their start - in a little joint called the bathroom. In 2004 she joined the Boston chapter of (NSAI) and studied songwriting. Christine's a bona fide music junkie, toe-tapping even to commercials but "She's Country" at heart. Combining her love of the arts, singing, dancing, songwriting and writing, it's no surprise Christine took to Freelance Writing as a Profession. When Christine's not writing for the entertainment industry she's usually plucking out articles or web writing for the Holistic Health Industry. Christine's also a Master Reiki Practitioner-Teacher of the Japanese Healing Art of Reiki. You can check it all out at her website. And nobody says it like Kenny Chesney, but "She's from Boston" !!! For feedback, information or professional writing services, you can reach Christine at thewritecopywriter@gmail.com

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  1. Bob
    Posted May 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I just learned a couple of interesting things about Eric Church that I was unaware of from your post…nice job!

  2. Posted May 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I have been listening to country music for a short time. I know many people who lisen to country music and they have lead me in this direction. Eric Church going to prison caught my atention, and now after hearing his music and reading this article I find myself interested in Eric Church. I have begun to research you-tube and google to learn more about Eric and his music. Thanks Christine for a wonderful article and education. I’ll be back to read more of your future articles. I enjoyed!! Excellent job !!! Thanks fo rsharing!!

  3. Posted May 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Thanks Bob and Harry for your comments and your compliments.

    Seems I’ve perked your Eric Church interest.

    Here’s a link to an article loaded with information about Eric. Bookmark it. Subscribe to it. Read it. Pass it along to all your “friends” because – Eric Church is up for a fan voted award, which means HE NEEDS YOUR HELP TO WIN IT.

    Check it out http://wp.me/p1gPXM-h1

    Return back any time.


  4. Posted June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    [...] yes, Father, I know he’s been to prison – but, Father, I can explain . . [...]

  5. Posted June 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

    [...] let’s not forget, it’s been reported Eric Church recently returned to prison for the shooting of Homeboy. So when he unexpectedly charged the catwalk armed, there was no time [...]

  6. Posted September 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    [...] sold 145,000 copies its first week, held the #1 spot for two weeks and “Homeboy”, the albums first single, has been Certified Gold by [...]

  7. Posted December 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    [...] Church’s support was always the “Choir” (fans). Then in 2011 on the heels of “Homeboy” off his third studio album “Chief”, Eric took home the title and trophy for ACM Best [...]

  8. Posted February 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    [...] “Album of the Year”. In addition, the Academy is also giving Church recognition and an ACM Video of the Year nom for “Homeboy”, CHIEF’s first [...]

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