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Eric Church is extending "no-shave November" .. into the summer! He says his beard is directly tied to his studio work, and tells the "Green Bay Press Gazette" he's in the process of writing material for his next album. 

He says he grew a beard while working on songs for his last album, Chief, which took his career to a new level, and because he's "superstitious" he's "had a beard growing the entire writing process" this time around as well.  The singer admits he's not sure just when he'll be finished with the songs, but promises "when there's no beard, the record is written." 

Church adds that he might be rocking the beard for a while,as he's still figuring out what to do next.  He adds that he doubts his follow up to 2011's Chief will be released this year. 

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