Eric Church is gracing the cover of Rolling Stone, with Miranda Lambert, for their very first country issue. Church spoke in the article about everything from ticket scalpers to being a new dad.

Church said country radio is very “feel-good,” adding “it’s a little big shallower than it was a few years ago.” One thing he misses is “turning on the radio and just having a song punch me in the gut, and, as a songwriter, knock me on my ass.”

Ticket scalpers are becoming a serious issue and Church had a lot to say on the issue. “It drives me f***ing crazy…It’s stupid. It’s not solveable until it’s illegal. If a fan who gets on at 10 o’clock has the same chance as a scalper that gets on at 10 o’clock, I’m OK. The problem I have is that scalpers have a bazillion people working for them. and they have those bots that scan. So it’s not fair.”

Related: Eric Church Talks Ticket Scalpers

When asked why it takes him three years to make records, Church response gave a look at how the music industry is a little backwards. “One record a year is crazy, to me. But some people have to sell tickets, the label has to meet their quarterly number… All of a sudden, the tail’s wagging the dog. It’s not the music, it’s everything else making the music. That’s just backwards. It’s wrong.”

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