Friday, August 28, 2020
– Eric Church is out with a new song, "Crazyland," the latest song released from a writing and recording session earlier this year.
Written by Church together with Luke Laird and Michael Heeney, the mournful song deals with lost love.
"Let me take your hat friend, tell me what's the matter / 'Round here folks call me the mad hatter / That's Sad in the corner with his heart on his sleeve / Talking to Regret who's never gonna leave / Over there playing pool is Fool and Lost / And tending bar tonight that's All My Fault / We all just hang out and listen to Blues / Sing his songs 'cause there's nothing else to do in Crazyland."
Church actually dreamed the song's chorus and wrote the verses to accompany it upon waking up - a feat he credits to the creative groove he got into as a result of the nearly month-long session in rural North Carolina where he wrote and recorded a song from start to finish each day.
"As a songwriter, you always have that moment when a song is born, and then you have two months or three months before you get in the studio, and you bring that thing to life. And I just thought that the feeling and the experience of that is something that we underestimate," he said. "So I wanted to, this time, strip all of that down and when the song is born, whatever those things are in the atmosphere that make it turn into something magical, I wanted to try to grab that."
Church previously released the lead single - "Stick That In Your Country Song" - from his upcoming CD and "Bad Mother Trucker," which chronicles the rebellious swagger of a female truck driver earning respect on the road. Church has also shared previews of unreleased music with recent performances on ACM Presents: Our Country ("Never Break Heart"), Stagecoach ("Jenny") and in a defiant spoken-word recording ("Through My Ray Bans").
"I think this is a great first stick point to what is going to be a lot of music and is going to be a very long process," he said in a conversation with DJ Bobby Bones. "It's the most special project of my career, and we're gonna treat it that way. So I think this is something we"re gonna have a lot of fun with over the next period of time, whenever we get to go back and be somewhat normal."