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Eric Church pic

Music Samples:
Track 1: Springsteen
Track 2: Drink In My Hand
Track 3: Homeboy
Track 4: Love Your Love The Most
Track 5: Hell On The Heart

Eric Church is on a mission. You might expect someone coming off of their first two Top Ten country singles and an ACM Award for "Top New Solo Vocalist" to lock down the formula and go for more of the same, but with third album, Chief, Church is trying something bolder and using the opportunity provided by his success to push his music even further.

"I have a theory that all of us only get a small window of time to make records when people will really listen and care," he says. "It's up to us to move the needle. People like Waylon and Cash or Garth and Strait - they all took the format and said 'We're going over here,' and they all changed the direction of the music a little bit."

Church's 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me, established him as one of the most acclaimed new songwriters in country music. The follow-up, 2009's Carolina, includes the singles "Love Your Love the Most" and "Smoke a Little Smoke," which-along with the continually escalating popularity of his hard-charging live show-elevated Church to the top ranks of today's country stars. Although "Smoke" was peaking on the charts, Church decided to take a step back to give some thought to his next creative direction.

  Aaron Lewis Aaron Lewis is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind, with whom he has released seven studio albums. He has since ventured into country music with his debut solo album, Town Line. The EP was released on March 1, 2011 on Stroudavarious Records. The album features the first single "Country Boy" featuring George Jones, Charlie Daniels, and Chris Young, as well as the songs "Massachusetts", "Vicious Circles", "The Story Never Ends", and a re-recording of "Tangled Up in You" originally from The Illusion of Progress. Lewis said in a July 2011 interview that he was introduced to country music as a child by his grandfather, but his interest was recently rekindled when he toured with Kid Rock. Lewis has been performing solo acoustic shows since he was 17 and still does today. He has written and performed many songs that have never been officially released such as "Angel", "Something Like Me", "Bonghits for Breakfast" (originally performed with J-CAT), "Anywhere but Here", and "Sleeping at the Wheel".


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