Eric Church isn’t afraid to speak his mind when it comes to country music.
In a recent interview with The Las Vegas Sun, Church gave his opinion on the current status of the country music in general.
Church, who believes he’s an outsider, an outlaw, a bad boy in country music, believes in the power and longevity of the genre; but he’s also disappointed in the way country music has developed and gotten away from its roots.
“Country has become a bigger umbrella. It’s good and bad,” Church explained. “Country has become too homogenized and too commercial. It has lost what makes it special. It’s great that it’s popular, but then it starts to become watered down.”
Church insists there’s a reason, though, that the genre continues to thrive.
“Country music is the song that speaks to the American condition. It’s middle America. Eight out of 10 people. Maybe it’s not the No. 1 choice, but they listen to country,” he explains. “Consistency, as well. In the 1980s, it was all about rock and roll, and it died. Guns N’ Roses is still on top because their throne hasn’t been challenged.”
The “Mr. Misunderstood” singer notes that one of his heroes still carries the torch for country music, though: George Strait.
“He is incredible — especially his longevity,” Church says. “He has stayed true to who he is as an artist. It is an incredibly difficult thing to do, and he has been able to do that. And he’s had more than 60 No. 1 songs — some labels don’t have that!”