'Chief' is turning out to be quite an appropriate title for Eric Church's third studio album, as it debuted at No. 1 on both the country and pop charts, surprising even the most insider industry executives with first-week sales that quadrupled that of his sophomore CD. Unapologetically gritty and raw, the project's main inspiration was the country star's own live show. There are no sappy love ballads nor tear-in-my-beer heartache songs, but rather the kinds of songs Eric's fans like to raise their beer bottles to.
It's not all party songs, though. 'Chief' does have its thought-provoking moments that greatly reflect the North Carolina native's no holds barred personality. Take, for instance, the album's first single, 'Homeboy,' which some argue is a slam against the hip-hop/urban culture. Eric is quick to defend his lyrical intentions, without dismissing his accusers' opinions.
We caught up with the singer/songwriter in AOL Music's New York City studios to talk about the new music and how another track actually spawned from negative press written by a jaded music critic. The dad-to-be, whose wife Katherine is expecting their first child in the fall, also waxes poetic on fatherhood and whether or not it will change this chief's devil-may-care attitude, at least musically.