The album name — Chief — is a tribute to your grandfather, right?

It's two things. The "Chief" nickname developed from being on the road. A few years ago, I started putting on a hat and sunglasses. It happened organically — I wear contacts, and we were playing places that were so small. I'm six-three. I'd get up on these stages, and I'd have to duck under the lights. And they'd end up baking — like a rotisserie — they'd bake my contacts. They'd pop out, and I'd end up playing the show stumbling around. Somebody suggested sunglasses, and I put the hat on just for sweat — it was a hundred degrees in these places. Something happened, and it just kind of stuck. When I didn't have 'em on, people were irritated, saying I didn't have the full uniform. The band started calling me "Chief" when I put the hat and sunglasses on.

What they didn't know was that was my grandfather's nickname. He was chief of police in the town I grew up in. And everybody called him Chief. I thought it was a neat coincidence. Two different generations of people, and we got the same nickname.

Eric Church has never focused on hits.
John Peets
Eric Church has never focused on hits.

Location Info


Chaifetz Arena

1 S. Compton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Sports and Recreation

Region: St. Louis - Midtown


Eric Church
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20.
Chaifetz Arena, 1 South Compton Avenue.
$32.75 to $40.50. 314-977-5000.

When I made this record, I wanted to pay homage to the live show. But I wanted to pay homage to him, too.

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