Eric Church Talks the End of Genre and Nashville's Evolution
"I think the interesting thing is that there still are a bunch of stigmas about what this is or what that is," says Church in an interview with Exclaim! "But I think the stigmas go away in the next 10 years, if they're not already going away now. I don't know what that means, I really don't."
Certainly, Church demonstrates that he's not hemmed in by genre conventions on his latest record. But what of conservative Nashville? Does he see "Music Row" slipping into the dustbin of history along with its genre?
"People ask me all the time, 'Do you worry about the identity of country music?' And here's what I think: Country music still comes back to songwriting. It's the home of the singer-songwriter. If you come down to Nashville, TN, the one identity it has is that it's a songwriting town. That's different from New York, different from L.A., different from Chicago or New Orleans."
He reiterates, "It is a songwriting town, and as long as we're being true to the craft, to songwriting, to great songs, that will remain Nashville's identity. As long as we're paying attention to that, the music can evolve to where it needs to evolve."
The Outsiders is out now courtesy of Universal Music Canada, and Church has a series of live dates already booked in Europe and the U.S. You can check out the schedule here.
Also, read Exclaim!'s full interview with Church here.
NewsAug 31, 2015
Deep Dark Woods Frontman Ryan Boldt Reissues Solo Album
Ryan Boldt serves as singer and guitarist for rootsy Saskatoon band the Deep Dark Woods, and last fall, he went solo for the LP Broadside Ba...
NewsAug 28, 2015
Bob Dylan and the Band's "Big Pink" House Available as Vacation Rental
The Band's classic 1968 LP Music from Big Pink was named after a house in West Saugerties, NY, where the album was partly written. That same...
NewsAug 27, 2015
Kathleen Edwards' Guitar Stolen from Ontario Home
Musically speaking, folk-rock songwriter Kathleen Edwards has maintained a fairly low profile as of late, as she has channelled most of her ...
NewsAug 26, 2015
Astral Swans Announces Canadian House Show Tour
Earlier this year, Astral Swans toured large Canadian theatres as Dan Mangan's opening act. This fall, however, the Calgary folk-noir songwr...
NewsAug 25, 2015
Iron & Wine Criticizes Greenbelt Harvest Picnic's Decision to Bump Act from Lineup
On Sunday (August 23), Dundas, ON's upcoming Greenbelt Harvest Picnic posted a statement saying that, "due to a scheduling conflict," Iron &...
NewsAug 24, 2015
The Paper Kites and Old Man Canyon Book North American Tour
Australia's the Paper Kites and Vancouver's Old Man Canyon may hail from different hemispheres, but they've got a few things in common: they...
NewsAug 21, 2015
Katie Moore Brings Joy to 'Fooled by the Fun'
"I've always tried to record live," Katie Moore tells Exclaim! on a stop home between gigs singing backup for Socalled at the Calgary Folk M...
NewsAug 20, 2015
Corb Lund Readies 'Things That Can't Be Undone,' Plots Tour
Alberta country rocker Corb Lund has unveiled plans to release a follow-up to last year's Counterfeit Blues. While that was a collection of ...