Country Throwback: Story Behind Eric Church’s Major Hit ‘Springsteen’

by Matthew Wilson
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Eric Church revealed the true story behind his hit song “Springsteen.” The singer released the song on his album Chief in 2011.

The tune is equal parts love story and an ode to the power of Bruce Springsteen’s music. Church is a big fan of the rock singer’s music. In many ways, Springsteen’s music is considered quintessential Americana, conjuring images of small-town life. Church recreated this atmosphere by focusing on a love affair between two people at a concert.

“The interesting part is, it’s a love affair that takes place in an amphitheater between two people,” Church told The Boot. “It didn’t happen with Springsteen, ironically; it happened with another artist.”

Eric Church Was Inspired By A Real-Life Relationship

Church was inspired to write this song after a real encounter he had with a woman. While he didn’t name the artist they listened to, he said every-time he hears their music he thinks of her. Church wanted to recreate that power with his tune. He decided to make the subject of the song Springsteen because he was a fan of Springsteen’s music.

“I went to a concert when I was younger with a girl. And to this day, when I hear that artist, it’s the soundtrack to that girl,” Church continued. “I never think about her any other time, except when that song is on. That’s where the “Springsteen” came from. And he seemed to be the perfect guy to craft that story around because of my love for him.”

“I have such a reverence for Bruce Springsteen’s career and how he’s built it.”

Upon release, the song became a Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit, a first for Church. It also went No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. For the song, Church received two Grammy nominations

H/T: [The Boot]

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