Eric Church performed a unique and powerful rendition of his song, “Stick That In Your Country Song,” on the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday, September 16.
The performance began with the voice of Johnny Cash reciting “Ragged Old Flag” while the legendary singer’s photo was shown on the large screens behind the stage. While this played, Church played guitar in darkness as a simple spotlight shone above his head. Once “Ragged Old Flag” ended, an American Flag with rips appeared on the screen and Church launched into “Stick That In Your Country Song.”
The song, released in June, finds Church singing about the gritty, real issues facing America and passionately encouraging music artists to include those issues in their music. The performance started more quiet as Church sang the first verse and chorus, but then exploded into the loud and proud anthem heard on the studio recording. As Church sang, his band and background singers were revealed behind him and the lights moved quickly to reflect the force of the song. By the end of the performance, Church traded lines with his talented background singer before the powerhouse anthem ended.
This was Church’s second performance of the night, as he also participated in the show’s opening number with his fellow Entertainer of the Year nominees. Church is nominated for the prestigious award alongside Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett.
The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards aired from Nashville, TN on Wednesday, September 16 on CBS after being postponed from their original date in April. The performances took place from the Grand Ole Opry House, the Bluebird Cafe and the Ryman Auditorium. Other performers included Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay and more.
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