You may not be the biggest fan of Eric Church — but he’s okay with that.
Church is perhaps the most well-known “bad boy” of country music and his new album ‘The Outsiders’ is keeping it just as real as always. In a hilarious and in-depth interview with Spin magazine, Church readily admits that he doesn’t feel the need to like (or be liked) by everyone.
“I’m not gonna lie to you, maybe more than anybody — and it’s not popular in country music — I don’t like everybody.” Church says in the midst of rubbing artificial deer musk on trees in his Nashville forest. “I think that’s normal. I think that’s real. I’d challenge anybody to go, not only to any industry, but go to any family, or go anywhere, and tell me if you like everybody.”
Church is famous (or maybe infamous) for speaking his mind and never backing down. He’s also famous (or maybe infamous) for being true to his music and unapologetic masculine image, and not bowing to the trends of social media. He doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook and doesn’t plan on starting to use them anytime soon.
“I’ve been very honest with the fans about that,” he says. “The music is what you’re gonna get, and the show. We’re gonna focus on it. It’s all I think about. It’s all we do.”
Church’s newest record, ‘The Outsiders’ is proof that the music can and will speak for itself. Spin calls the new record “audacious and sprawling and electrifying and ridiculous” and the current single, ‘Give Me Back My Hometown” is a grandiose tear-jerker evoking the best country ballad and the most anthemic of rock songs all at the same time.
At the end of the day, Church is comfortable and confident in his image and his music. And Taylor Swift aside (who he insists that he “adores”), he doesn’t envy the younger competition who may be reaching for the same audience.
“I’m 36. I’m not 25, and I don’t want to be 25. I know there’s kids out there right now who are 25, and they’re doing great. I still don’t want to be them. I want to be this, and I think there’s a market out there for this. I can still kick their ass, the kids — I guarantee — but I want to be honest about where we are.”