Eric Church has had quite the weekend. In addition to singing the National Anthem, the country singer also played at a Super Bowl after-party.
Church joined his fellow country singers Luke Bryan and Brandi Carlile as well as other performers for the Verizon Big Concert for Small Business after-party. The mini-concert raised funds and awareness for small businesses struggling during the pandemic.
As part of his performance, Church played both “Round Here Buzz” and “Doing Life with Me” at the after-party. He dedicated both songs to small towns and people who are trying to get by.
“I grew up in a really small town and a small town business means a lot to mean,” Church said. “It was the backbone of where I grew up and I think it’s still the backbone of this country.”
The country singer then kicked off into a soulful performance that showed why he’s one of country music’s brightest. Even though he’s a big country star, Church still is deeply in touch with his roots. For Church, he’ll always be a small-town guy no matter where he goes.
“So this next song goes out to… I was a guy who grew up in a town where on Friday night, high school football mattered,” Church said. “And everybody would rally around the high school team. And the next day, win or lose, we’d go to this small business and celebrate. Or drown their sorrows so that’s kinda where this song came from.”
Eric Church Plays the National Anthem
Of course, Eric Church’s other big performance last night (Feb. 7) was his rendition of the National Anthem. For the anthem, Church partnered with singer Jazmine Sullivan. Though he had his reservations about messing up the song, Church thought it was important for him to sing the tune.
“With what’s going on in America, it feels like an important time for a patriotic moment,” Church told the Los Angeles Times. “An important time for unity. The fact that I’m a Caucasian country singer and she’s an African American R&B singer — I think the country needs that.”
Overall, the duo gave a moving performance together, and Church was as good as he ever is.