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The country superstar sang 'Springsteen,' along with several other hits, live in our Sessions studio last summer. (Watch the video below.) He explained to us after his performance that the real-life story behind the tune didn't actually start with The Boss.
"The interesting part is it's a love affair that takes place in an amphitheater between two people," Eric told The Boot. "It didn't happen with Springsteen, ironically, it happened with another artist. I went to a concert when I was younger with a girl, and to this day when I hear that artist, it's the soundtrack to that girl. I never think about her any other time, except when that song is on. That's where the 'Springsteen' came from, and he seemed to be the perfect guy to craft that story around because of my love for him ... I have such a reverence for Bruce Springsteen's career and how he's built it."
Eric is now on his Blood, Sweat and Beers tour in support of 'Chief.' "Somebody asked me what I was more of -- I would said beer, then it would be sweat, then there was a lot of blood," he tells the Associated Press with a laugh. "There's been some blood along the way. I think it's fitting for the kind of tour it's going to be. It's going to be very in your face like the rest of our stuff. Probably, some parental guidance will be needed. That's OK. It's the kind of show we've always put on, and the kind of show I enjoy."
Click here for a list of cities and dates on Eric's tour.