Eric Church has never been one to shy away from the difficult subjects or the cold, hard truth. Carving his own path by making music that doesn’t always conform to industry standards, but is true to his artistic philosophy has earned him a legion of diehard fans – the Church Choir. Now, in his newest single, “Stick That In Your Country Song,” Eric is almost challenging country music to do better.
In a release, Eric says, “My favorite thing about country music is how it has never been afraid of real life. For as long as I can remember, it has been the musical compass of reality in the world. Our music needs more of that. Real people, real lives, real places. That’s what this song is. It’s about people from the front line to the food line. And it also happens to kick like a f*****g mule.”
Indeed it does! “Stick That In Your Country Song” not so gently suggests topics that should be found in country music during these challenging times. Almost polar opposite from some of the cliché and exhausted lyrics of previous years, this David Naish and Jeffrey Steele penned anthem is gritty, dark and real:
“Drop me off in Baltimore / Where every other window got a plywood board / Where dreams become drugs and guns / The only way out is to shoot or run.”
The arrangement to this purposeful song matches the intensity of the lyric as it builds gradually to a thunderstorm of voices and instruments that rings like a melodic, chest-pounding cacophony. And when the music bed drops out for Eric to deliver the bridge of the song…
“Gimme one about the teacher who’s trying to change a life or two / She’ll be rocking out all night with you / Tomorrow she’ll back in a red brick school / Where the kids are climbing off the walls and it’s scary walking down the halls / She’s underpaid, she’s overworked / Come on man shout one out to her”
…we’re reminded that words and music have weight.
No, not every country tune needs to be as heavy as “Stick That In Your Country Song,” but in a genre of music that is learning more about diversity and inclusion, it has an important place in the format.