It’s a chilly but sun-splashed Tennessee afternoon and Eric Church is in great spirits. As usual, Church is on his tour bus, but he’s not parked at an arena in some distant locale—he’s outside his in-laws’ house.

“I’m in Adamsville, Tenn., at Katherine’s parents,” Church says, referring to his wife of five years. “For the next month we’re doing some remodeling at our house. We’re redoing some floors, and with the fumes, we had to get out of there. We’ve been here a couple of days waiting on our house to get fixed, then we’ll go back.”

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