Fans of country music have long referred to the great Eric Church as “The Chief.” But do you know the backstory behind the nickname?
Well, let us begin with the obvious — Church is known for his signature style. He is usually seen on stage rocking a pair of sunglasses and a hat. His make-your-own-rules kind of appearance quickly caught on while his career was starting up.
But there is a funny story behind how Church actually started wearing sunglasses. And, ultimately, earning his popular nickname. He explained as much to his record label in a previous sit-down.
“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,” Church said.
If you were wondering if there was a reason he started wearing a hat — besides looking awesome — there is.
“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.”
By that point, Church had to go with the flow. The sunglasses and hat were working for him. But that didn’t stop his bandmates from giving him a hard time.
“So, that was showtime, it was kind of my uniform. The band started joking with me, when I put the hat and sunglasses on, they go ‘Alright, it’s Chief time, Chief’s here.’ But I laughed about it, it was a joke.”
Eric Church Posts About 10-Year Anniversary of ‘The Chief’ on Instagram
If you are an Eric Church fan, then you probably know that “The Chief” is more than just a nickname for him. It was also the name he decided on for his third studio album, which was released back in 2011. The album was a smashing success, producing five singles and two of Church’s first-ever number one hits on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. Those songs are “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen.”
As a result, it was only fitting that the country superstar took to social media on Monday morning to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his album.
“Chief 10 Year Anniversary,” Church captioned his latest video. “Today is the 10 year anniversary of the Chief album! To celebrate, we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite moments and memories from the Chief era this week… stay tuned! In the meantime, post your favorite Chief throwbacks using the hashtag #10YearsofChief!
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