'Stick That in Your Country Song': Eric Church reveals how the new track 'found itself', fans love his message
The country music star also revealed that the social commentary was about 'real people, real lives, real places... from the frontline to the food line'
Country music superstar Eric Church has just released an angry new single called 'Stick That in Your Country Song'. As the title suggests, it's an edgy social commentary that expresses the 43-year-old singer's frustration with the current state of affairs in the world and the mainstream country music scene. Equal parts finger-picked guitar protest anthem as it is a fiery country-rocker, the Nashville based artiste waxes eloquent on everything from the overcrowded jails and empty factories in Detroit to an overworked and underpaid school teacher. You can check out the snarling new track here :
Speaking about the unflinching new track, the singer revealed, "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." The scathing chorus seems to directly aim at out-of-touch mainstream country superstars, with lyrics that go "Stick that in your country song / Take that one to number one / Get the whole world singing along / Stick that in your country song."
The song that tackles themes of poverty, war and hardship was written by Davis Naish and Jeffery Steele, turning an eye on current social issues and an apathetic civilization that is steadily losing its way in the middle of hardship and strife. "I’ve never had a song in my career that was a harbinger of things to come," the singer explained. "And when we recorded 'Stick That in Your Country Song,' we had a booming economy and a pretty great world going on."
"And I remember thinking when I did it," he admitted, "'I’m not sure how relevant it is for right now. I love the song. I love the sentiment. But I’m just not sure.'" However, after the coronavirus pandemic starting plaguing the world at large, the underlying message of 'Stick That in Your Country Song' snapped back into sharp focus for the singer. "Truth be told, 100% honesty," the Chief revealed, "I had a different single picked out as the first single. And then the world kept changing, and it kept bringing itself almost like a magnet back to this song and back to this moment." He reflected, "So, this song found itself."
Fans on social media were thrilled on hearing this new number. One fan noted, "Looks who's already #1 on the all-genre iTunes songs chart! Congrats @ericchurch." Another listener quipped, "Man, who pissed off @ericchurch, #StickThatInYourCountrySong is a jam."
Another fan who was struck by the song's timely message said, "I’ve heard songs that build up before in sound but “Stick That In Your Country” song by @ericchurch is one of the most glaring examples of that. And even though only a couple examples are mentioned, you could take a million real-life stories and relate them to the message." Another fan revealed, "I like how he is bringing attention to real-life stories while also calling out mainstream country’s lack of depth at the same time."
As another fan concluded, "Eric Church just gave mainstream country music the bird [the middle finger]."