So not only is Eric Church a poseur…

…so too, apparently, are at least some of his fans:

All these comments are from the “in crowd”. He released this song knowing it wont get airplay and knowing many people will hate it and just rant about how its not country. Thats the point of the song… hes not trying to be country, hes not trying to be rock… hes being himself and not giving a flying fuck about what the label is on his music.. This song is raw and badass… If youre an outsider, youll understand it… but if you from the in crowd, youll just never understand the true meaning as much as you try.

Really. “If you’re an outsider, you’ll understand it.”

If you’re an outsider, you don’t outright call yourself one. You just deal with it and go on. As for not trying to be country or rock…well, why not? There’s nothing wrong with a good, solid, identifiably country or rock song. I don’t understand why Eric Church cannot or will not do a real country song, if he’s not just in it for the money. And I really can’t understand why anyone would point to him as the opposite of the likes of Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan either. Once again, it’s really just two different kinds of bad — faux good-ole-boy bullshit vs. wannabe metal guy.

Which reminds me…

Rap or not, it’s simply a bad, prog metal song being forced on the country format.

I don’t know what you’d call this particular Eric Church song, but progressive metal it most certainly is not. Just as fiddle and steel guitar do not make a song country, guitar solos and shifting time signatures do not make a song progressive metal. Maybe it was Church’s spin on prog-metal, but if indeed it was, somebody needs to lock him in a room for about a month with some Queensrÿche, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, and Symphony X.

And now that I think about it a bit more, the comment referenced at the top of the post is an inherent contradiction. Why?

Because the commenter is trying to position the supposed audience — the “outsiders” — as the only ones who will get it. So in a way, they’re spinning themselves as an in-group of sorts, and everyone else as the “outsiders.” Not that they’re sharp enough to wrap their heads around that, but there you go…

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3 Responses to “So not only is Eric Church a poseur…”

  1. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    Shitty country meets shitty rock? Shocked, I am.

  2. Jeff Bauer Says:

    From http://smalldeadanimals.com

    “Transatlantic Sessions is a long-running television program – the first series began 18 years ago – in which highly-adept performers of mostly traditional/country/folk music from both sides of the Atlantic join together in Scotland to play music in intimate settings. In tonight’s Tips music, from the sixth series, England’s Teddy Thompson, the son of British folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson, is backed by a house band including the series’ musical co-directors, Shetland Island fiddler Aly Bain and legendary American lap steel player Jerry Douglas, along with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aoife O’Donovan, Julie Fowlis, and Karen Matheson on background vocals, as he beautifully interprets George Jones’ classic She Thinks I Still Care.”

    DEFINITELY worth your time to view and listen. This, my friends, is the real deal:

  3. John Says:

    An enduring theme in rock and country is “we’re wild and crazy.” Kids, applying the label to yourselves doesn’t work. When people say those things about you, with feeling, then the label may stick. Think of young Jerry Lee Lewis, or of Johnny Cash when he was on pills. “Man, Jerry Lee is wild!” or “Cash is out of control’ were said seriously, by folks that knew them. If you’re an outsider and you’re good enough (!) that people will come outside(!) their normal boundaries to experience your stuff, the the labels will take care of themselves.

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