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Eric Church’s ‘Sinners Like Me’ Is This Artist’s Goat Country Album

by Clayton Edwards
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Eric Church burst into the country music world with Sinners Like Me back in July of 2006. The album peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The singles from the album, though, didn’t do quite as well. In fact, Church released four singles from the album, and the most successful one reached number 14 on the country singles chart. However, this is one of those times when we learn that chart position isn’t everything. Anyone who has listened to Sinners Like Me knows it’s a killer album from start to finish. More importantly, it marks the beginning of Church’s hit-making, award-winning, chart-topping career. It laid the foundation for the Chief we know today, and as far as foundations go it’s a solid one.

How good is it? Well, it’s good enough for Cole Swindell to say that it’s the greatest country album ever pressed. He talked about his love for Eric Church and, more specifically, Sinners Like Me on a recent episode of the Dale Jr Download podcast. Earnhardt asked Swindell who was making the best country music right now. Swindell immediately said that, to him, Chief is the pinnacle of the genre.

Early this morning, a fan on Twitter asked him what album he was talking about on the podcast. So, Swindell pointed him in the right direction.

Cole Swindell Talks About Eric Church

Then, Cole Swindell went on to talk about how important Sinners Like Me is to him. “Eric Church’s first album changed my whole perspective on writing songs,” he said. Cole went on to say that he just happened upon the record a couple of months before anyone else heard it.

His buddy was booking bands in bars and had a promo copy of Church’s debut. He passed it along to Swindell and told him he had to hear it. Cole put it in the CD player in his truck and it didn’t leave that spot for around two months. He went on to say that Church, Luke Bryan, and Dierks Bentley are the reason he writes songs.

Cole Swindell has come a long way since he was riding around listening to Sinners Like Us before its official release. Now, he’s a hit-making, Grammy-winning country star. That led him to connect with Eric Church. During his conversation with Dale Jr., Swindell recalled the time he opened for Chief.

Cole said that he and his band brought a bottle of Jack to Church’s tour bus. Then, they told him just how happy they were to open for him. About that, Chief told Swindell, “You go stand ‘em up, we’ll knock ‘em down,” and it stuck with him. In fact, he told Earnhardt, “I always thought that was the coolest thing ever, that Eric Church told me that.”