When Eric Church wrote Chief, he secluded himself in a cabin and grew a beard. Well, the beard growing continues for the new album. He told the Green Bay Press Gazette "I’m going to look like Old Man River before long.
I’ve had a beard growing the entire writing process and people keep asking me how the record’s coming and I’ve told them, when I shave — when there’s no beard — the record is written. That’s what I can promise you, but until then, I’m still rocking the beard, and for me, it’s about figuring out where we go from here." He went on to say the album is a ways away and will be out possibly next year. Until then you can catch him on Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Nation Tour. http://ericchurch.com/tour