Eric Church has always tried to be authentic in the music he makes and, like him or hate him, what you see is what you get. He's always embraced his rebel streak, and the one thing he can't stand in music these days are the "posers" -- the artists who pretend to be something they're not to sell records or perpetuate their fame. It irks him so much in fact, that he even penned a song referencing country's real outlaws like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, called 'Lotta Boot Left to Fill.' And apparently the tune has become a big favorite among Eric's fans.

"For me, it's all about being who I am and making music about that," he tells Boulder's CU Independent. "Because trying to pretend to be someone else just to have new songs or just to sell records really drives me crazy. 'Lotta Boot Left To Fill' is one of our biggest songs of the night. I think people can relate to it, and they can relate to it how I relate to it. It's one of my pet peeves, people who use their five minutes of fame regardless of where it is ... but I think it's the artists' responsibility to make records that stand up with the Waylon Jennings and the Johnny Cashes and the people who really built this format."

Eric says he's a big fan of the Man in Black. His all-time favorite Johnny Cash tune? "I think the uniqueness of it, and he didn't even write it, Shel Silverstein wrote it, was 'A Boy Named Sue,'" Eric explains. "It was such a unique song, and such a weird song. That one, and then 'Sunday Morning Coming Down.'"

The North Carolina native spent much of 2010 on the CMT Tour with Miranda Lambert and Josh Kelley. "t's a great package," he says of their concert bill. "I've always been a fan of what Miranda has done; she's a lot like me in a lot of ways. It's fun, we all three do a song together every night. And it's always fun to change the song a little bit or maybe put in another song that we don't tell Miranda about."