Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2013 Eric Church received nominations in six categories to lead all finalists in the 48th annual Academy of Country Music awards?

It's true! "Chief" was up for Album of the Year, while "Springsteen" was in the running for Single and Song.

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Eric Church.

  • His first name is actually Kenneth.
  • At 13, he bought a guitar and began writing songs of his own.
  • By his senior year of high school, he had found a gig at a local bar, which occupied most of his time.
  • The band he started out with was called “Mountain Boys,” and consisted of his college roommate, brother, and a fellow guitarist.
  • He graduated from South Caldwell High School and then Appalachian State University with a degree in marketing.