Eric Church is one of country’s hottest acts right now, but there was a time he wasn’t a darling of the Nashville music industry. When Eric first hit the scene in 2006 with his debut album, Carolina, he got an opening spot on Rascal Flatts‘ tour. Eric stayed out on stage a bit longer than his allotted slot a few times and got fired from the tour. He tells The Republic, “We ended up banished to the wilderness. I mean, nobody would touch us. We were nuclear for awhile.”
During that time, Eric and his band kept playing late shows in clubs. “We founds ourselves as a band, and I found myself as an artist, and we found our fan base, and it was this union that started to happen,” Eric explains. “The fans had a passion for it. I had passion for it, and we both believed in it.”
Eric is now up for ACM Album of the Year for his third project, Chief. His shows on the Blood, Sweat & Beers tour are now selling out across the country. All this might not have happened if Eric hadn’t made that connection with the fans playing those club shows. He says, “The best thing that happened to us was falling off of everybody’s radar.”
Eric’s tour continues Thursday night with a show in Portland, ME.
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