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Whiskey Riff says Eric Church’s hit song “Talladega” was originally written about Daytona   It has become an anthem for NASCAR fans, especially twice a year when the sport rolls into Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.  But according to Eric, the song isn’t even really about NASCAR – and it was originally supposed to be about another track, but the words just didn’t line up right.

Eric said, “Ironically, when I wrote that song, I was on the bus at a festival on July 4th in Daytona. The Daytona July 4th race was happening, and we were watching it.”  “I was with a songwriter of mine. And we were watching the race, and they showed the infield, and you had all the people in their campers, they had the flags…I was like man, that’s just so cool – it was just like a music festival. It was like Woodstock.”

6 Eric Church Collaborations We Can't Get Enough Of

Eric Church is celebrating his 45th birthday today (5/3), and one of his latest works is with his friend Chris Janson on a song Church wrote, a dark song and video called “You, Me & The River.”

Known for his solo work as well as working with other artists in the business in Nashville and beyond, one of his finest collaborators on stage is his backup road singer Joanna Cotten. But Eric has also done duets with artists ranging from Luke Combs to Lzzy Hale of metal band Halestorm.

As we mark his special day today, we look at some of his many on-stage collaborations, whether on a record, concert, or awards shows.

  • Eric Church, Lzzy Hale - "That's Damn Rock n' Roll" (CMA Festival 2014)

  • Eric Church and Joanna Cotten - "Mixed Drinks About Feelings" (2016)

  • Chris Janson and Eric Church - "You, Me, and the River" (2022)

  • Luke Combs - "Does To Me" ft. Eric Church (Official Video 2020)

  • Bruce Springsteen & Eric Church - Working on the Highway (Stand up for Heroes 2018)

  • Eric Church Calls Ashley McBryde on Stage to Perform "Bible and a .44" (2017)

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