Man, I love Fridays. The weekend is right around the corner. More importantly, there’s new music to get us all through the next week. For the second Friday in a row, Eric Church is delivering new tunes and another look at what we can expect from that upcoming triple album.
Last week, Chief gave us a rockin’ tune. This week, we get “Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones,” which is a story-driven song. In it, Eric Church tells the tale of a young biracial boy who was conceived at Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. He grows up not knowing his dad and learns to play the blues like nobody’s business. In the end, Lynyrd meets his dad. If you’re a Skynyrd fan you’ll be able to piece together who he is before the final verse. If not, you’ll still be able to enjoy the tune even if you don’t get all the Skynyrd references.
Above all else, it’s a good story and Eric Church does a mighty fine job telling it. The production of the song gives him plenty of room to do it. “Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones,” features just Eric Church’s voice and an acoustic guitar. In the end, that’s all you need for a good old fashioned story song like this one.
Eric Church Spins a Yarn
In fact, I’d argue that those are the main ingredients to any good country song. All you really need is a singer, a guitar, and a good story. Everything else is just icing on the cake. This storytelling element is what sets country music apart and makes it special. Whether it’s in something like “A Boy Named Sue,” a cowboy song like “Tying Knots in the Devil’s Tail,” or this latest Eric Church song the story is front and center. With songs like this one, Eric Church proves that he isn’t just a great musician. He’s an incredible storyteller as well.
Chief does it all. He’s a songwriter, musician, and storyteller. It is this combination of traits that has made him the cream of the country music crop. This combination will be what helps Church leave his mark on the genre for years to come. While some chart-toppers may fall by the wayside and be forgotten by time. Church won’t be one of those. And he’s proving it more and more with songs like “Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones.”
Eric Church’s triple album “Heart & Soul,” comes out in April. If the past two weeks are any indication, we’ll hear plenty more from the project before it finally drops.