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Eric Church and Ashley McBryde Slither on ‘The Snake’ at ACM Awards

This swampy track will give you chills.

Written by Chris Parton
Eric Church and Ashley McBryde Slither on ‘The Snake’ at ACM Awards
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: Ashley McBryde (L) and Eric Church perform onstage during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Eric Church and Ashley McBryde teamed up for a slithering spoken-word duet at the 54th ACM Awards. Joining forces for Church’s moody “The Snake,” they gave their Las Vegas audience chills.

Sharing a stage bathed in red light and low-hanging fog, the pair’s performance was all swampy blues and bent-string Southern twang – basically creating a brand-new genre that would be well described as rattle-snake country. Forgoing the big, anthemic chorus found on so many country hits today, Church and McBryde instead opted for tightly coiled talk-singing and a spooky choir to back them up, showing their literary fangs for a story built on challenging Garden of Eden references.

“The Snake” was written by Church, Jeremy Nathan Spillman and Travis Meadows, and appears on Church’s 2018 Desperate Man album. McBryde was named the 2019 ACM New Female Artist of the Year before the telecast, and also performed “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” during the show.

The 2019 ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, are airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas tonight on CBS.

We’re updating the winners all night long so keep up with the action right here!