Eric Church At Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
One of the “bad boys of country music,” Eric Church was born and raised in Granite Falls, North Carolina in 1977. When he reached his teen years, he bought himself a guitar and started writing his own songs. By the time he reached his senior year of high school, he found a gig at a local bar, where he played covers of Jimmy Buffett songs as well as some of his original work. He started playing in dive bars, some so rough he was forced into a few altercations from the stage. His band “Mountain Boys” consisted of his college roommate, his brother and a fellow guitarist. With his father backing him up financially, Church moved to Nashville after his college graduation. Money wasn’t the only thing his father gave him to encourage his career, however; he also provided him the opportunity to make contacts and the time to develop his songwriting ability.