Eric Church rarely does anything people expect from him. When he was offered a record deal at just 16, he turned it down. Instead of pursuing his musical career at 18, he went to college and earned himself a degree in marketing. And when he landed a gig opening for a famous country music band, he played so long each night that he got himself and his own band fired. Perhaps being different is what makes this country music star stand out from the rest. One thing is for sure—his fans are among the most dedicated in the genre of country music.