SINGLE REVIEW: Eric Church – ‘Desperate Man’

Annnnnnnnd The Chief is BACK!!! Not only that, he is firing on all cylinders with this latest single release, of the title track, from his upcoming album. (Due to drop October! Get it pre-ordered people!)

‘Desperate Man’,  a sonic ode to the Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, is nothing less than the greatness we have come to expect from Church. This summer/fall sees the first release of new music for Eric since 2015. The song, co-written with Ray Wiley Hubbard, may not fall solely under the country umbrella, maybe even barely at all. However, Church has still not sold out to the confines of popular and mainstream radio. The Chief remains true to both himself and his unwavering fan base.

The song, which is going to sound INSANE live, was inspired by a Wiley Hubbard tale of a fortune tellers’ visit that didn’t go as planned. Church takes it and drenches it in a soulful rock ‘n’ roll groove, filled with his standalone vocals and old-school backing ‘boo boo boo’s’… I’m pretty sure I died and went to music heaven.

Artists like Eric Church are a rarity in the current country music industry, with an unwavering commitment to the music that they want to release. Real music, made with meaning and passion, that caters to a demographic outside of the mainstream pop-country circle. ‘Desperate Man’ is an outlier, like nothing else you’ll hear on the airwaves, set to stand out from the accepted norm. But that’s a great thing… and country radio won’t be able to snub it.

The Chief is coming out of his cave STRONG with this and I hope that the entire record follows suit.

Katie Hutchinson
@TravellingWilb