“Who the hell is Eric Church and how did he sell this many records without No. 1 songs?”
~ Billboard ~
Nashville’s hell-raising “Country Music Jesus”, Eric Church, has yet another reason to tip his CHIEF ball cap. On Sunday evening (April 7) Church took home the 2013 Academy of Country Music “Album of the Year” Award for CHIEF, his critically acclaimed, #1 debuting on the Billboard 200 Chart and #1 on iTunes across all genres chart, 2011 third studio album. Church adds the evening’s ACM honor to CHIEF’s previously awarded 2012 CMA Award for “Album of the Year”.
But “Chief” was not just another #1 debuting album. Eric Church wrote another chapter in Country Music History with “Chief’s” #1 debut. Even Billboard was confused. But his fans weren’t.
CHIEF (the album and the artist) have celebrated huge hits with “Springsteen,” “Drink in My Hand,” “Creepin’,” and “Homeboy”. The album has been front and center with Church on his continuously Sold-Out “Blood Sweat & Beers Tour”. The album’s current single, “Like Jesus Does,” found itself with a rugged, yet contemplative Church, acoustically at the ACM mike Sunday evening wowing the crowd. Sans his signature ballcap and glasses, Church was definitely heaven on the eyes but “Hell on the Heart” – woo !
“I can’t believe I just met John Fogerty. We should hang out later!” Church suggested to the legendary rocker who along with Miranda Lambert presented the Award to Eric.
“I want to thank Jay Joyce, my wife, my son – who’s out there probably raising a lot of hell. I have a great team and they all believe in the music, in the passion of the music. I appreciate it.”
Church went into the evening’s festivities a front runner toting seven ACM Nominations and didn’t exactly come out empty-handed. In addition to the coveted “Album of the Year” Award, Church was also a “Vocal Event of the Year” honoree (Jason Aldean-featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church-“The Only Way I Know”)
You can treat yourself to this award-winner artist on tour as he joins Kenny Chesney on his No Shoes Nation Tour and also continues with a few dates of the Blood Sweat & Beers Tour. And you can pick up your copy of Eric Church’s first live CD, “Caught In The Act: LIVE” released on April 9, 2013.
Congratulations ! CHIEF and Chief – an overdue but well-deserved honor!
Eric Church – 2013 ACM Awards – Press Room
Eric Church – “Like Jesus Does” w/Valerie June – 2013 ACM Awards