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Eric Church Reveals the ‘True Genius’ Behind His Favorite Kenny Chesney Song

by Matthew Wilson
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Eric Church really misses the ocean. Or, more specifically, he misses the way the ocean felt when he was a teenager, and he had all of Nashville and his life laid before him. Church reveals that his favorite Kenny Chesney song is “Anything But Mine” because it reminds him of his youth.

Speaking with SiriusXM, Church reflected on the beach trips of his youth. As a boy in North Carolina, the beach felt like a faraway place. But Church always valued those trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He even went there once on a senior trip as a high schooler. The country singer confessed he can still smell the salt in the air, especially when he listens to Chesney’s “Anything But Mine.”

“It paints the most beautiful image of everything I lived,” Church said. “I was there, I can smell the salt in the air. But’s it’s the resolves of this song that’s the true genius. It’s the way it lays… And being that age and being in that moment, for that night, knowing what the future didn’t hold, there’s nothing like the freedom of that.”

Eric Church is One of Country Music’s Hottest Talents

Beaches, like songs, can be reflective. Church has lived many, many miles since he stood in the sand of Myrtle Beach as a young man. For one, he’s become one of the hottest names in country music. Church and his signature Ray-Bans have had quite the year. Recently, the artist took home the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year.

With good reason, not only is Church’s music often catchy, but Church imbues his tunes with meaning as well. For instance, his “Stick That In Your Country Song” was a challenge to the industry as much as a reflection on 2020. Through music, he’s memorialized past legends like Johnny Cash and national tragedies like the Las Vegas shootings. He’s also written nostalgic pieces as well. His song “Springsteen” captures a time of youthful love many can relate to.

Kenny Chesney Released ‘Anything But Mine’ in 2005

During the interview, Church riffed a few chords and lyrics from the song. But he had the chance to sing the tune in full during the 2016 BMI Country Awards. The award ceremony honored Chesney’s contribution and legacy. The tributes brought Chesney to tears.

Chesney first released “Anything But Mine” in 2005 on his album “When the Sun Goes Down.” Upon release, the song topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.