(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)
“That’s huge praise.” That’s what Eric Church told CMT on Wednesday (April 13) after hearing that Keith Urban is a big fan of his music. (I’d blogged earlier this week about how Urban told CMT Radio the music he was most into right now was Church’s “Homeboy” and “Smoke a Little Smoke.” ) Church’s response was to be flattered, obviously, mostly because of who Urban is. “I’ve said this before, but I’m a straight-up music snob. There are not a lot of things I like, and I love what Keith does. I always have,” he said. “You know, he’s always been a guy that has a lot of respect because he’s a musician, he’s a writer, he makes great records, he tours. He’s the real deal. … So to have someone like that pay attention and care what you’re doing means a lot.” Now it’s Urban’s turn to be flattered.