Eric Church was obviously fired up in his latest interview with Rolling Stone magazine. Mr. Church took some shots at some pretty close colleagues like Miranda Lambert. The statement that seems to be spreading like wildfire is, “It’s become American Idol gone mad.” The statement was in reference to Eric’s feelings that country music is now becoming filled with people making their way through music reality shows.
Not all the people that Eric took shots at are keeping quiet. Miranda Lambert took to her Twitter account (@Miranda_Lambert) and first shared a story she found about the Eric Church interview that called her out. Miranda stated in her tweet: “Eric Church slams Blake Shelton, @NBCTheVoice in his interview” and she replied, “I wish I misunderstood this…” Just a couple hours later Miranda tweeted: “Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. Your welcome for the tour in 2010.”
— Miranda Lambert (@Miranda_Lambert) April 30, 2012
So what’s all the fuss about? When Eric Church talked with Rolling Stone magazine he referred to NBC’s The Voice in his statements when he said quoted from Keepin’ It Country, “Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f**ing turn around in a red chair, you get a deal? That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist.” The converation was exactly clean as it was laced with the F word throughout the entire thing.
The next feelings that Eric Church made apparent in his sit down with Rolling Stone was that he felt like someones career was shot in music once they stepped foot on a reality show like American Idol or The Voice. Mr. Church said, “If I was concerned about my legacy, there’s no f**ing way I would ever sit there.” So who was Eric Church referring too? He was referring to judges that sit on the show like Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine & Christina Aguilera. He went on to say, “Once your career becomes something other than the music, then that’s what it is. I’ll never make that mistake. I don’t care if I f**ing starve.”
Was Eric Church done after his interview with Rolling Stone magazine? Apparently not! Mr. Church reached out to The Boot to clarify his position and try and make up for his choice words. Eric Church told The Boot in his second interview, “The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves. The shows make it appear that artists can shortcut their way to success. There are a lot of artists due to their own perseverance that have gone on to be successful after appearing on these shows, but the real obstacles come after the cameras stop rolling. Every artist has to follow up television appearances with dedication towards their craft, but these shows tend to gloss over that part and make it seem like you can be ordained into stardom. I have a problem with those perceived shortcuts, not just in the music industry. Many people have come to think they can just wake up and have things handed to them.”
As the conversation continues on in a longer interview which you can read at The Boot, Mr. Church leaves one last statement to try and clear up the mess he’s made, “This piece was never intended to tear down any individual, and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue.” What’s most shocking from all of this is that Eric Church accompanied Miranda Lambert on her 2010 CMT On Tour gig.
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