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Eric Church just let loose on his feelings about the country music of today Rich Fury/Invision/AP
Eric Church performs at the 2016 Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Friday, April 29, 2016, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

In this watered-down world where no one seems too comfortable in airing his or her real feelings about controversial topics, thank God for Eric Church.

The country music superstar has never been one to hold in his feelings, and his recent interview with the “Las Vegas Sun” is the perfect example of that. When asked why he thought country music continues to thrive nationally, he touched on how the genre continues to speak to “the American condition.”

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But then, he decided to open up.

“Country has become a bigger umbrella,” he said. “It’s good and bad. Country has become too homogenized and too commercial. It has lost what makes it special. It’s great that it’s popular, but then it starts to become watered down.”

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In his constant attempt to not become “watered down,” Eric also talked about how the music industry often doesn’t embrace those who are different.

“(The music industry) sometimes miss artists who are different,” he said. “It’s OK to be not like everyone else. It’s important to be who you are.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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