As we are all aware, Eric Church is releasing a triple album this year, affectionately titled Heart & Soul, but you might not know that he actually recorded the entire thing in a restaurant.
A restaurant in the mountains of North Carolina that he’s been to many time, he was looking around at all the wood working, and he noted that it would be an awesome place to record an album. So that’s what he did.
After admitting that Desperate Man was the most difficult album he’s ever made, he wanted to get everybody really uncomfortable for this next one.
“This time I wanted to make people really uncomfortable. We sequestered ourselves in the mountains of North Carolina, a place I’ve been many times. There’s a place called Artisinal and everything’s wood and I said to my wife, wow this would be a great studio.
So we descend on this restaurant, it’s not very big, and we’re still using it as a restaurant, it’s what we fed people. To see Jay react to that, I think that put him back where he started. he’s not comfortable at all and he’s just trying to go, ‘how do I make this album in this place.'”
How awesome is that? Find a restaurant you love, stay in it for a month, write and record three albums, it’s just that simple… or not that simple. But that was the point, right?
“I did not anticipate the mental creative grind that doing this daily would do, where you have to come up with something everyday. I got to where there was once stretch, three or four days, I didn’t sleep.
It was a lot harder than I thought and just going through that grind mentally, creatively, I’ve never been there before. I’ve never been out that far on a limb with the creative process.”
Heart will be available everywhere on Friday, April 16th and Soul will hit shelves on Friday, April 23rd. & will only be available in vinyl, and exclusively to Church Choir members, on Tuesday, April 20th.
And I cannot WAIT.
And for more behind the scenes footage, check out Eric’s in studio “Heart On Fire” video.