On July 26th, 2011, Eric Church released his third album, Chief, which produced five singles, including the first two No. 1 songs of his career – “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen” – as well as two Top 10s – “Creepin’” and “Like Jesus Does” – and the Top 20 country hit, “Homeboy.” The album has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for more than three million copies.
Eric is currently sitting inside the Top 25 with his latest hit, “Round Here Buzz.”
Eric Church (title of Chief) OC: …title to me. 1:25
“Well, Chief, became my nickname on the road, really as a joke for the last couple years, maybe 3 years now, we have been playing a lot of little bars and clubs and honkytonks where the lights are about a foot from your face. And I wore contacts, where this all started, the initial inception was, my contacts would fall out, pop out on stage, and I would be blind for half the show, so I started wearing sunglasses, then I put on a hat to stop the sweat and it just became this thing, and we got in bigger venues, I tried to adjust that, but people in the crowds would have on hats and sunglasses and wouldn’t let me adjust that, so it just became this thing naturally. So, that was show time, it was kind of my uniform. The band starting joking with me, when I put the hat and sunglasses on, they go ‘Alright, its Chief time, Chief’s here.’ But I laughed about it, it was a joke. But what they didn’t know, the really cool part of the story, my grandpa was the chief of police in Granite Falls, North Carolina, and everybody called him Chief. Everybody, my dad called him chief as his son-in-law, so it was just very neat to me, that across generations, it became my nickname naturally and nobody knew about it being my grandpa’s nickname, nobody. When it came time to title the record, because it felt live, and because it was something I wanted to show — a part of the live show, Chief was the right title from my point of view, but also because of my grandfather and what he meant to me. And I just thought it was the right title, and you know it happened so naturally, it happened so not thought out, you know. When I said the title of the record, I had to explain to everyone why, you know. They were going, ‘What’s chief?’ ‘Well, Chief’s a nickname.’ Then it became a cool thing when they heard about it being my grandfather’s nickname, too. It just felt like the perfect title to me.”