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Eric Church's New Album Is 'Rooted In Good Ol' Country Tradition': Review | Eric Church

Eric Church's New Album Is 'Rooted In Good Ol' Country Tradition': Review

Originally posted 02/14/2014 03:25PM

    

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Filed Under: Music News, Eric Church
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Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church Lead CMT Nominations

Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead CMT Nominations

Originally posted 05/06/2013 12:00PM

It's quite the power trio at the head of this year's nominations for the CMT Music Awards.

Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Eric Church each picked up four nominations Monday, PEOPLE can reveal exclusively. They are followed by country veterans Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts, as well as first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line, with three nominations each.

Carrie Underwood, who led last year's nominations with five (and won video of the year), has two nods this year. She is joined by Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town and the rock group Journey.

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Eric Church, Hunter Hayes Lead the ACM Nominations

Eric Church, Hunter Hayes Lead the ACM Nominations

Originally posted 02/13/2013 12:15PM

Eric Church had plenty to sing about Wednesday morning, when he became top nominee for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

In all, the singer-songwriter, whose 2011 album Chief contained the hit singles "Homeboy" and "Drink in My Hand," received seven nods, including song and single of the year for "Springsteen." He was followed by Hunter Hayes with six, and Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert with five each, including entertainer of the year.

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Why Country Singer Eric Church Loves Bruce Springsteen

Grammy Insider: Eric Church Loves Bruce Springsteen

Originally posted 02/03/2013 09:00AM

As a child of the '80s, I was exposed to Bruce Springsteen with Born in the U.S.A. But as I went to college, I became more educated in his music, and it led me on a hell of a journey.

He's writing about experience and real life. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" spoke to me: It was gritty, real and raw. And the escapism in a song like "Thunder Road" – everybody should want that sense of freedom sometimes. Seeing Bruce in concert, I'm always amazed at what the crowd gives and what Bruce gives.

It's a gang and it's a mentality, like, "We get it. We belong." It's a religious experience. Bruce heard my song "Springsteen," and I got a great note from him, saying he was a big fan. It just blew me away. The note is locked up. So if my house burns down, I know it's safe somewhere.

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PEOPLE's Picks for Tonight's CMA Awards

CMA Awards Winners: PEOPLE Music Critic's Picks

Originally posted 11/01/2012 02:30PM

The 46th annual Country Music Association Awards will air from Nashville tonight at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CT) on ABC with some predictable hosts: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, together for the fifth straight year.

Perhaps there will at least be a few surprises among the winners. Here's my take on five major categories:

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Listen Now: PEOPLE's Music Editor's Top Picks of the Week

Listen Now: PEOPLE's Music Editor's Top Picks of the Week

Originally posted 04/14/2012 10:00AM

Something old (like Michael Jackson's "Human Nature") and something new Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound") are all sharing space on PEOPLE Music Editor Chuck Arnold's playlist. Check out what he has to say about the songs – and click the playlist to hear them on Spotify!

"Get Right" by Jennifer Lopez
I'm not loving the new J.Lo single "Dance Again," but this James Brown-sampling Jam from '05 – the funkiest thing she's ever done – is still righteous.

"This Time" by Melanie Fiona
This banger kicks off The MF Life – the stellar second set from this R&B singer – with a boom.

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