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Amidst a world tour, one of country music’s latest superstars, Eric Church, joins Austin City Limits to share his bluesy, rock and roll country.

Eric Church swiftly took his music from local bars in North Carolina to nationally acclaimed stages and, according to NPR, is “working on a level that few other country artists of his generation can touch.” In 2006, he debuted his first full-length album Sinners Like Me. His subsequent albums are Carolina, Chief and The Outsiders. According to the Boston Globe, “Church and his co-writers shine as clever lyricists, making his formula-follwoing peers sound even more generic.”

Chief launched him into a new level of fame with a group of songs that Rolling Stone calls “country music in the rough ‘n’ tumble honky-tonk tradition.” It conquered both the Billboard Top 200 and the Billboard Top Country Albums charts, debuting at number one in 2011, and earned both the CMA and ACM Album of the Year Award. Chief was also a Grammy nominee for Best Country Album.

Earlier this year, Church released his sensational album The Outsiders. “It was tiem for us to up our game,” he said. “This record is what we’ve been trying to do all along. We’ve gotten close before, but this is the first one where we’ve really been able to just go for it and take it to the next level. We went into this with the feeling of ‘you haven’t really seen what we’re capable of yet; now we can really do some stuff.'”

Entertainment Weekly called The Outsiders “the still-rising star’s most brazen, brilliant disc yet, and the first great album of this year,” while Spin calls it “a statement of confidence and power from an artist in full command of his gifts.” The album has already had several hit singles, including the No. 1 smash “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

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