Eric Church Says “Genres Are Dead”

Eric Church says putting country music in this box and rock music in that box and then hip-hop in yet another box (and so on) is an idea that is long gone. That’s how he described the state of Nashville on the For the Love of Music: Nashville, a special that aired Sunday (Nov. 3) on ABC.

“I think genres are dead,” Church said. “There’s good music. There’s bad music. And I think the cool thing about Nashville is it is at the epicenter of that kind of thinking. I’m a country music artist in Nashville, but Nashville is way, way, way bigger than country music.”

He added, “If you’re passionate enough about what you do, if you’re good enough at what you do, all your dreams can come true in this town.”

The common theme throughout the hour-long show was that Nashville is not only the best place to live, but it’s also the perfect place to make all kinds of music. And it wasn’t just Church who had nice things to say about Music City. Here are a few of the other highlights from the other music makers who make their living through songs, country and otherwise:

“I’m glad that I had the audacity to devote my life to music.” — Kris Kristofferson

“We took what we had and we did the best we could with it, and I wouldn’t trade this place for anything.” — songwriter Rivers Rutherford

“Wherever you are, you’re reminded of people that’ve come before you, but there’s always room to grow and to write that next song.” — The Civil Wars‘ Joy Williams

“When you talk about people like Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, those are our heroes. They really paved the way.” — Martina McBride

“Once I first came for a writing session, I never left.” — Peter Frampton

“You know that [Kristofferson] has erased better lines than I’ll ever write.” songwriter Jon Randall

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.