Learn How Eric Church Got His Distinctive Nickname

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Ever wondered how country music star Eric Church earned his memorable nickname? Learn the story behind his moniker here!

Sometimes nicknames are acquired by doing something astounding— or incredibly stupid. Other times, people mispronounce a name one time and the new name sticks like glue. Every nickname has its own origin story, so how did Eric Church unintentionally inherit “The Chief” as his go-to title?

To find the answer, we must rewind to many years ago to when Church’s country career was just beginning. Back when the North Carolina native was still playing gigs at local bars and clubs, he began wearing sunglasses and a hat to shield his eyes from the stage’s bright lights. The new accessories helped prompt the artist’s brand new identity.

“I wore contacts, where this all started, the initial inception was, my contacts would fall out, pop out on stage, and I would be blind for half the show, so I started wearing sunglasses, then I put on a hat to stop the sweat and it just became this thing, and we got in bigger venues, I tried to adjust that, but people in the crowds would have on hats and sunglasses and wouldn’t let me adjust that, so it just became this thing naturally,” Eric explained to Sounds Like Nashville in 2017. “So, [when it] was show time, it was kind of my uniform. The band starting joking with me, when I put the hat and sunglasses on, they go ‘Alright, it’s Chief time, Chief’s here.’ But I laughed about it, it was a joke.”

Interestingly enough, Eric was not the first member of his family to be dubbed “The Chief.” Eric’s grandfather had also been called “The Chief” during his tenure as the Chief of Police in Granite Falls, North Carolina. As you might recall, Eric Church’s third record is titled Chief in honor of his late grandfather. Sometimes life is crazy and gifts people with truly beautiful scenarios. The fact that Eric randomly ended up with the same nickname as his grandpa is truly remarkable.

Share this factual tidbit with other country music fans and catch the star out on tour in 2019!

Double Down Tour Schedule

January 18, 2019 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center+
January 19, 2019 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center+
January 25, 2019 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center+
January 26, 2019 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center+
February 1, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden+
February 2, 2019 Boston, MA TD Garden+
February 8, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center+
February 9, 2019 Minneapolis, MN Target Center+
February 15, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena+
February 16, 2019 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena+
February 22, 2019 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena*
February 23, 2019 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena*
March 1, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center+
March 2, 2019 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center+
March 8, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena+
March 9, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena+
March 15, 2019 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum+
March 16, 2019 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum+
March 22, 2019 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena*
March 23, 2019 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena*
March 29, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum+
March 30, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum+
April 12, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center*
April 13, 2019 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center*
April 19, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena*
April 20, 2019 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena*
April 26, 2019 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
April 27, 2019 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena*
May 3, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena+
May 4, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena+
May 10, 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center*
May 11, 2019 Denver, CO Pepsi Center*
May 17, 2019 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center*
May 18, 2019 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center*
May 25, 2019 Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium#
June 28, 2019 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre#
June 29, 2019 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre#
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#on sale October 19 at 10am local time

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