• Muzik First


Eric Church has been country music’s middle finger, upending how things are done in Nashville with both his albums and his live show. Today is the release of his new record "Soul," which is a wildly ambitious triple album — one titled "Heart," and one "Soul" — that he wrote and recorded in the mountains of North Carolina with longtime producer Jay Joyce and an army of trusted songwriters. The 24-track set with three parts: “Heart” and “Soul," with nine tracks each, plus a six-track additional record, “&” (out April 20) for his fan-club members only. This month, he announced an ambitious 55-date arena tour, kicking off this September. “That’s aggressive, but I’ve got to make it happen,” he says over Zoom from his writing cabin west of Nashville. “I’ve got to make it happen because I think it’s that crucial to the overall sentiment of what society is going through right now. We need this. I need this.”