Eric Church. The Chief. Mr. Misunderstood. My absolute favorite country artist. Eric Church has released five studio albums since the 2006 debut of Sinners Like Me. Church has also released a few live albums and one EP.
Church has won more than 10 awards, beginning with “Top New Solo Vocalist” from the 2011 ACM Awards, before the release of his chart-topping Chief album.
Church is known for his outlaw country and rock and roll style. Church is also known for several radio singles. It is safe to say that we are all familiar with Church’s hits such as: Springsteen, Guys Like Me, Drink In My Hand, Give Me Back My Hometown and Homeboy. These are just some of the number one hits that Church has released throughout his decade in the country music industry.
All of the Church’s radio hits are amazing and there is no doubt about it. However, I am a sucker for the underrated songs that never make it to the radio. I am a sucker for the songs that do not fit the typical “radio country” mold. I am a sucker for all of Church’s heavy metal, southern rock and outlaw country songs. I have compiled a short list of the most underrated Eric Church songs, from my own perspective.
“Chevy Van” comes from Caldwell County, Church’s only EP. Caldwell County was released in early 2011, before the release of Chief. Caldwell County is an extended playlist that consists of only four songs. All of the songs on this EP are worth the listen but “Chevy Van” is my pick for the most underrated Church song. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly why I adore this song but perhaps it has to do with the acoustic guitar/sound.
Like a picture she was laying there, moonlight dancing off her hair, she woke up and took me by the hand, she’s gonna love me in my chevy van.
What I Almost Was
“What I Almost Was” is a song from Church’s very first album, Sinners Like Me, released in 2006. This song is one of my favorites because it tells a story of Church’s life before music. Church graduated from Appalachian State University with a marketing degree and nearly settled for a corporate job. “What I Almost Was” is exactly what the title of the song states. This song is worth the listen because we learn more about Church’s story.
I left my home town in a big cloud of dust, I just had to follow my gut. And I thank God I ain’t what I almost was.
Leave My Willie Alone
“Leave My Willie Alone” is a bonus track from Church’s Carolina album, released in 2009. This song is a very obvious double entendre. The clever lyrics make”Leave My Willie Alone” a fun track that you will love singing along to in the car. Additionally, you can hear Church slightly giggling throughout the track, making this his most humorous tune.
I got a nice sized collection I’ll admit it. The night I showed it to her, I’ll never forget it.
Eric Church has never produced a song or an album that I have ever disliked. There are plenty more songs that I could include on this list but I wanted to keep it short and simple. If you have not listened to these three most underrated Eric Church songs, I highly recommend giving them a chance. Let’s be honest, is there anything more exciting than new and unheard-of Eric Church music? And I too, thank God Eric Church ain’t what he almost was.