We chatted with Eric Church last week about his show at Country Thunder USA next Thursday. The conversation as expected turned back to his 2006 firing by Rascal Flatts. The move changed the direction of his career, all for the better, he says. Here's some of our conversation:
"Yeah. We played a little bit too loud, a little bit longer than we were supposed to. I was a new act and I came out there and people paid a lot of money for a ticket and I was going to give them a show. We came out and gave them a show. We got fired at Madison Square Garden, which is a fun story."
"We were replaced by this little, young girl named Taylor Swift. I don't know what happened to her."
"Actually, she called me after I got fired. I read in the paper that we were fired. She called and said ‘I want you to know that I love what you do.' I joked with her, ‘This is your crowd; they're going to love you. You're going to owe me your first gold record.' I was kidding, but when she got her first gold record she gave me one. It came with a note: 'Thanks for playing too long and too loud on the Flatts tour. I sincerely appreciate it. Taylor'."
Check out Caliente April 7 for the complete interview with Church.