Church drops surprise music
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
– Eric Church waited until after Halloween to give his fans a treat.
He released a surprise album , "Mr. Misunderstood," on Thursday, completed only 30 days ago.
Church on his web site, "My son names my guitars. He named the one that would make my 5th album "Butter Bean." I've always believed that instruments have stories to tell. It's up to the keeper of the instrument to turn those stories into songs. I wrote my first song on "Butter Bean' late this summer. 20 days later, I had 18 songs. 20 days following that, I had 10 recorded. That was 30 days ago. It always takes me time to look for inspiration to make a new album. This time inspiration came looking for me. Together we found Mr. Misunderstood. Today, it's yours.
Church's regular producer, Jay Joyce, once again was at the helm. The disc was recorded in Nashville with Joyce's touring band. Susan Tedeschi guests on one song.
He mailed some members of his fan club "Mr. Misunderstood," an unannounced 10-track album, which they received on Tuesday, according to A Taste of Country web site.
The release follows "The Outsiders," which came out in 2014.
Songs on the CD are:
1. Mr. Misunderstood
2. Mistress Named Music
3. Chattanooga Lucy
4. Mixed Drinks About Feelings
5. Knives of New Orleans
6. Round Here Buzz
7. Kill a Word
8. Holdin' My Own
9. Record Year
10. Three Year Old
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