Written by Casey Beathard and Eric Church
Not sure if he’s misunderstood so much as underappreciated, but that’s beside the point, isn’t it?
Eric Church has made a career out of being an outsider and going against the expectations of the industry, and he tells his biography quite well on “Mr. Misunderstood.”
The trick that he pulls off the best here is choosing his audience, talking directly to that cutup in the back of the class and telling him that he can be just as successful by following the crooked, winding path that Church chose to go down.
As with many of the best Church records, he varies the tempo and musical elements. What starts off as a confessional acoustic piece revs up into a full blown rocker, paralleling the quiet struggle of resistance that eventually became a brazen, fearless success story.
I don’t think we have a stronger male artist in country music right now than Eric Church, at least among the current generation.