Turns out, American country music star Eric Church, who hails from Granite Falls, N.C., came by the album title for his latest record, 2011′s Chief, honestly.
“Well, it’s a couple of factors,” he told QMI Agency down the line from his home outside Nashville before his first headlining Canadian tour kicks off Jan. 31.
“My grandpa was the Chief of Police in the town that I grew up in. So it was his nickname. Everybody called him Chief.”
The second reason has to do with Church’s “look,” of sunglasses and baseball hat.
“Many years ago we were playing bars and clubs and the hats and sunglasses started making their appearance, and almost as a joke, a lot of people on the road started calling me Chief ‘cause I looked like a police officer,” said Church. “They had no idea that it was also my Grandpa’s nickname and he was the Chief of Police. So I thought it was interesting that we ended up with the same nickname, multi-generationally. And when it came to the title of the album not only did it pay tribute to what’s happening on the road and what was was happening every night, but it also paid tribute to my grandfather. … He was Chief, I think, for 35 years.”
Church will fly in from his Canadian trek to L.A. to attend the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards where his Chief single, Springsteen, is up for two trophies including best country song.
ERIC CHURCH TOUR DATES IN CANADA
January 31 ESC Abbotsford BC
February 1 OEC Penticton BC
February 2 Interior Savings Centre Kamloops BC
February 5 Rexall Place Edmonton AB
February 6 Saddledome Calgary AB
February 7 Credit Union Centre Saskatoon SK
February 13 Copps Coliseum Hamilton ON
February 14 John Labatt Centre London ON
February 15 GM Centre Oshawa ON
February 16 Scotiabank Place Ottawa ON
February 19 Sudbury Arena Sudbury ON
February 21 MTS Centre Winnipeg MB
February 22 Brandt Centre Regina SK
February 23 Enmax Centre Lethbridge AB