If Eric Church is anyone’s successor these days, it’s probably Hank Williams, Jr. There’s no specific ideology or established enemy in Church’s latest single, but it’s such a barn raiser that it’s very easy to side with him anyway. “The Outsiders” taps into that quintessentially American desire to champion for the underdog, and it does it quite well.
I don’t think Church has ever sounded more confident and alive on record, and the guitar work is fresh and creative, especially when the bass takes the lead in the middle. And the breakdown during the end? The most interesting thing I’ve heard on a country song since I can remember.
All in all, it’s remarkably well done. If his upcoming album is half as interesting and out by Christmas, then we may need to save a slot on our Best of 2013 lists.
Written by Casey Beathard and Eric Church
Listen: The Outsiders