Eric Church channels pissed-off realism in the new single, “Stick That In Your Country Song,” railing against a genre with its head in the proverbial sand.
An unflinching look at the world as it actually is — not as many other country songs would like to imagine it — the track starts off with a loping Western vibe built on finger-picked acoustic guitar, but it doesn’t stay in the saddle for long. Written by Davis Naish and Jeffery Steele, it’s all about a civilization in decline and the need to stand up and yell “WTF?,” and Church brings it to life with a characteristic vocal sneer. By the song’s second half, it’s swollen into a full-on rocker, with Church pounding his metaphorical fists in fed-up frustration.
“Stick that in your country song / Take that one to number one / Get the whole world singing along / Stick that in your country song,” goes the chilling chorus.
The new track came with a message from the contentious hit maker, who remarked “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***ing mule.”
“Stick That In Your Country Song” follows the teased release of Church’s fan-praising call to arms, “Through My Ray Bans,” which hinted at a new recording project in April. He hit Number One earlier this year as a featured artist on Luke Combs’ “Does to Me.”