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Eric Church: ‘I Think Genres Are Dead’

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After a very out-of-the-box performance at the 2013 CMA Awards, Eric Church is speaking out about the country music label. 

On country music’s biggest night, Church performed his new single, ‘The Outsiders,’ for the very first time and introduced fans to a very different sound for him. The performance was rock ‘n roll with a side of country, but the singer doesn’t think people should be so quick to label the song.

“I think genres are dead,” the singer shares (quote via CMT). “There’s good music. There’s bad music.”

His opinion seems to be catching on, too. Taylor Swift is a big hit on pop radio. Hunter Hayes’ new song, ‘Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me,’ is a collaboration with pop musician Jason Mraz — these are just two examples, albeit two very high-profile examples.

Church says we can thank Nashville for a lot of this.

“And I think the cool thing about Nashville is it is at the epicenter of that kind of thinking,” he explains. “I’m a country music artist in Nashville, but Nashville is way, way, way bigger than country music.”

The ‘Drink in My Hand’ singer seems to love Music City and says it helped his dreams come true. In his words, “If you’re passionate enough about what you do, if you’re good enough at what you do, all your dreams can come true in this town.”

Next: Eric Church's Best Lyrics

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