Eric Church’s Littlest $10 Roadie

Five-Year-old Son Negotiates New Terms

Boone Church is a now the official choir wrangler for Eric Church.

I mean, technically, his job is just to be a five-year-old boy. But when Church has his son on the road with him, he gives him a job to do so that he feels like he’s part of the crew.

“Boone’s got a radio, he’s got his flashlight, he’s got a little work belt and his pass, he goes in there, and he’ll make sure that the choir’s ready to go,” Church said in a recent radio interview.

The choir is one from a high school in whatever town they’re playing, and they back him on his opening song, “Mistress Named Music.” When Church played Indianapolis last week, he brought out the Center Grove High School choir, for example.

So Boone’s job is to get the high schoolers up underneath the stage, Church explained, and then up the steps onto the stage. Then Boone waits at the bottom of the steps to escort the choir away from the stage when the song is over.

“He’s helping out, and he’s having a big time with it,” Church said.

But about three weeks into the tour, Boone tried to negotiate a better deal–because he told his dad his job was boring and the pay was no good — so Church agreed to give him $10 a show.

“I shake his hand, and I’m thinking, ‘Good God, I just got hustled.’ And as he’s walking away,” Church said, “he goes, ‘That’s $30 for the weekend, right?'”

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