Eric Church’s Album, &, Is Available Now to His Church Choir

Eric Church’s Album, &, Is Available Now to His Church Choir

The second of Eric Church‘s 3 album project Heart & Soul to be released in 8 days is out now — but only to his fan club, the Church Choir.

&, is the middle album containing 6 tracks…“Through My Ray-Bans,” “Doing Life With Me,” “Do Side,” “Kiss Her Goodbye,” “Mad Man,” and “Lone Wolf.”

Eric didn’t plan on releasing 3 separate albums as a part of his Heart & Soul project — he evens admits, that if it wasn’t him doing it, he’d be skeptical about it, “I’m a cynic. I’m a music guy. If you tell me you made three albums, I say well you made one decent one. Just me. That’s not what this is. These are three different feels. These are three different things. They sound the same because they were made in the same moment, but they group up different. And yes, we could have done just Heart and Soul and there would have been six songs that didn’t make it anywhere. But I don’t think that’s right. I think that if you listen to them, they have their own thing. They belong in their own spot. And that’s what ended up at least conceptually with what Heart & Soul is.”

Soul — the final piece to this project arrives this Friday, April 23rd.

Check out the in studio performance of “Through My Ray-Bans” — one of the tracks on Eric Church’s new album titled &.

Photo Credit: Anthony D’Angio

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”

 

Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell