Eric Church

Eric Church

Church's songs are as straightforward as he is. His is music that looks its listener in the eye and speaks plainly about the human condition. It is a line that passes through Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings to John Prine and Steve Earle, and is finding a handful of torchbearers in this new century.

"Honesty is my number one responsibility," Church says. "If you listen to this, you'll find out who I am."

Church grew up in Granite Falls, North Carolina, in an area known as one of the world's furniture capitals. He recalls being four... more