Personnel: Eric Church (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin); Ilya Toshinsky, Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar, banjo); Jedd Hughes (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Nathan Chapman (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jeff Hyde, Mike Severs, Michael Severs (acoustic guitar); Jay Joyce (electric guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond b-3 organ, drum programming); Ed Smoak, Driver Williams, Ed Smoak, Kenny Vaughan, Kenny Vaughn, J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar); Gary Morse, Steve Fishell, Russ Pahl, Bruce Bouton (pedal steel guitar, dobro); Bruce Sutton (banjo); Luke Bulla, Jonathan Yudkin (fiddle); Lee Hendricks (bass guitar); Craig Wright (drums, percussion); Stephanie Chapman, Russell Terrell (background vocals).
Programmer: Jay Joyce.
Audio Mixers: Reid Shippen; F. Reid Shippen.
Audio Remasterer: Andrew Mendelson.
Recording information: Da House Studios; Tragedy.
Photographer: James "Big Jim" Wright .
CAROLINA , the follow-up to Eric Church's debut, SINNERS LIKE ME, is half contemporary Nashville country, half old-fashioned 1970s-style country rock in the style of the Eagles. Highlights like first single "Love Your Love The Most" and the delicate ballad "You Make It Look So Easy" are blithely commercial country singles, but tracks like the unexpectedly electronic "Smoke A Little Smoke," which sounds like a fantasy collaboration between George Jones and Beck, suggest a more innovative, eclectic spirit.
Rolling Stone (p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Church stretches out musically on songs like the psychedelic 'Smoke a Little Smoke' and 'Hell on the Heart,' a blast of down-home power pop..."