On the heels of a sold-out Minneapolis stadium show this past Saturday, June 11th, the man Stereogum celebrates as “the most consistently interesting star in the Nashville ecosystem” returns to Country radio today, June 13th, with the fourth single off his chart-topping triple album Heart & Soul, “Doing Life With Me.”
Written by Eric Church together with Casey Beathard (“Mr. Misunderstood,” “Hell Of A View”) and Jeffrey Steele (“Stick That In Your Country Song”), the reflective song sees Church expressing gratitude for those by his side through the journey of a musical career:
I don’t pray much anymore
For this old troubadour’s
Happiness, wishes, wants and needs
End of my ropes, hopes and dreams
Spend my livin’ giving thanks
For the ships I never sank
Every big, every little in the everyday things
The notes and the words and the songs I sing
To the ones doing life with me
Like the singles before it, including the GRAMMY-nominated “Stick That In Your Country Song,” Gold-certified chart topper “Hell Of A View” and recent Top 5 hit “Heart On Fire,” “Doing Life With Me” is the result of the famed marathon session Church spent sequestered in rural North Carolina, writing and recording a song from start to finish each day for nearly a month.
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Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the resulting triple album, Heart & Soul, Church recently announced two exclusive box sets of the project in limited quantities – including the chance for the general public to purchase the Church Choir-exclusive middle album, &, for the first time. The Standard Box Set begins shipping to fans today, with the Deluxe Box Set shipping August 5. For more information and to purchase both sets, visit heartandsoul.ericchurch.com.
Just as unique as Church’s approach to recording and releasing music is his tenacity on the road. Having recently wrapped the Billboard Music Awards’ Top Country Tour, The Gather Again Tour, with a sold-out showing at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, Church continued to expand the parameters of his concerts with the second of two distinct one-night-only stadium shows this past Saturday, June 11th.
Following opening sets by ERNEST and reigning ACM Album of the Year winner Morgan Wallen that had the at-capacity crowd of more than 51,000 fans in their seats hours before the 2020 CMA Entertainer of the Year took the stage, Church kicked off the night’s main event with a raucous performance of his Platinum-certified “The Outsiders,” setting the tone of the high-energy, hit-packed show to come with his declaration that “it’s going to be one hell of a night.”
Five songs into the set, he also remarked on his 15-year relationship with the city of Minneapolis, sharing his memories of a small show at the Cabooze in the earliest days of his career, before launching into a performance of “the song that started it all,” “How ‘Bout You.”
From chart toppers including “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen,” newer Heart & Soul tracks such as “Stick That In Your Country Song” plus recent No. 1 “Hell Of A View” and even fan-favorite album cuts like “Country Music Jesus” and “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag,” the two-plus hours of music that followed proved just how at home Church is on a stadium stage, earning rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
“Nashville’s marathon man known for rare three-hour shows, he seamlessly transformed his brand of brio country into football-field far,” remarked the Minneapolis Star-Tribune of his “triumphant in both spirit and substance” performance, continuing, “Church sang with such consistent conviction on rockers and ballads that it felt as if this could have been his last ever performance.”
“While Church has always been a wildly entertaining live performer, he felt both more relaxed and focused than usual Saturday as he tore through a hit-heavy set list,” agreed the St. Paul Pioneer Press, noting that “thanks to smart pacing and energy to burn… It’ll be a tough night for Church to top.”
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“Doing Life With Me” Lyrics available HERE
Set List: Eric Church at U.S. Bank Stadium (June 11, 2022)
- The Outsiders
- Desperate Man
- Heart On Fire
- Country Music Jesus
- How ‘Bout You
- Hell Of A View
- Drink In my Hand
- Like A Wrecking Ball
- Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
- Round Here Buzz
- Smoke a Little Smoke
- These Boots
- Stick That In Your Country Song
- Drowning Man
- Some Of It
- Mr. Misunderstood
- Cold One
- Like Jesus Does
- Give Me Back My Hometown
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