Eric Church is known to keep fans on their toes. Back in February he was due to play a show in Salt Lake City, Utah, but his entire band and crew got sick. Instead of postponing, or worse, cancelling, Church decided to play the entire show acoustically – for more than two hours. He also promised that they would reschedule a full band date later on in the year.
So when he played the inaugural (acoustic) performance at Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater last night (July 30), there was plenty of buzz to go around. What fans didn’t bank on was Church unveiling a new song, one inspired by his eldest son, Boone McCoy, who is now three years old (their youngest son, Tennessee Hawkins, was born earlier this year). With lines like, “You can be a cowboy on the moon, or dig to China with a spoon, talk to Jesus on the phone, say ‘I love you’ all day long, but when you’re wrong, you should just say so, I learned that from a 3-year-old,” Church reminded us how he can be a badass one minute, and melt our hearts the next.
“Use ever crayon color that you got, a fishing pole sinks faster than a tacklebox, and nothing turns a day around like licking a mixing bowl, I learned that from a 3-year-old. A garbage can’s a damn good spot to hide truck keys, why go inside when you can go behind a tree, walking barefoot will knock the rust right off your soul, I learned that from a 3-year-old,” Church sings on the first verse.
More than just playing a new song, he also shared a funny story with the crowd. “[Boone] loves to go fishing,” he said. “It’s his favorite thing in the world, and it’s the greatest joy in life to take him fishing. But, first time we went – first time – I gave him one of those Zebco rods, I showed him how to throw it out there, I bait it up, got a little bobber on. He threw it out, he reeled it in, and as I was reaching down to grab it to re-throw it, he just stuck the whole damn rod in the water. And, as I went to get the rod, he threw the tackle box in there. And I’m 38 years old, and I did not know a fishing pole sank faster than a tackle box.”
He continued, “I also did not know that if you hide truck keys in a garbage can, it’s a damn good place to hide ’em,” causing the audience to laugh and cheer.
Eric Church is a class act, and while his current single ‘Like A Wrecking Ball’ (about having alone time with Boone’s mama) is rising to the top of the charts, fans can get excited about one other thing. Church is set to get his very own Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum exhibit from mid-September, called ‘Eric Church: The Outsider’. The exhibit will include stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from his personal collection.
And if you missed his show last night and want to hear the new song, you can either check out the video above or just see him playing at the same venue tonight (July 31).