When Eric Church is onstage, he feels pretty cool performing to thousands of fans screaming his name. When he’s offstage, it’s someone else screaming his name — and that’s the best thing in the world. Sure, Church has the look, the voice and the fans, but he’s also got one fairly new responsibility: being a dad to almost 5-month-old Boone McCoy.

The singer says he has been able to balance fatherhood with his mostly sold-out tour by bringing his wife, Katherine, and baby Boone on tour right along with him. He remembers a recent show where the irony hit him and made him laugh.

“We were playing South Haven, Mississippi, and we had 10,000 people, and you walk off stage feeling like a rock star,” he said in an interview with the Boot. “I went back up on the bus and Boone had a dirty diaper. I still had my ears [monitors] around my neck, I still had my hat and sunglasses on, and I changed his diaper. I wasn’t four minutes from walking off stage.”

It was then when he thought back to what a wannabe rockstar plans for his future. Though Church is settling nicely and excitedly into fatherhood, he says he (and Boone) got a good laugh out of the whole situation.

“The funniest thing about it is, I remember when I used to go to shows, and you always wonder what the person you just saw on stage is doing,” he remembered. “You’d be in the parking lot, in traffic, and you’re wondering what they’re doing. If they only knew that I was up there changing a diaper! And Boone didn’t care. He was just laughing the whole time. So, it was a funny, unique moment.”

Church is currently on his Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour, which has seen at least 21 of his shows sell out, though he’s still fighting a battle against illegal vendors undercutting his profits by selling fake merchandise outside the shows. The ‘Drink in My Hand’ singer will be taking the ACM stage April 1 to perform with other country greats while waiting to find out if he wins Album of the Year with ‘Chief’ or Video of the Year for ‘Homeboy.’

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