Outsiders Radio: Episode #16

October 12, 2016


Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the sixteenth episode of Outsiders Radio. It’s May and right now happens to be the kick off of an important weekend. Schools are starting to let out for summer, pools and theme parks are gearing up all over the country, and summer music festivals are starting to come into view. But more importantly, the end of May brings Memorial Day; a day to remember, and give thanks for the great men and woman that have given their lives for our way of life. All the promise of fun that comes with the approaching summer is possible because people have sacrificed to keep us free, so we have a lot to be thankful for. And let me be one of the millions of voices that say, thank you. Thank you to the ones that have given their lives to let us all chase our dreams. Thank you to the families that carry on incomplete, so that we have a better way of life. We will never, ever, ever forget your sacrifice. Vince, take it away…

“Go Rest High On That Mountain” 5:16 – Vince Gill – When Love Finds You

“Travelin’ Soldier” 5:42 – Dixie Chicks – Home

That was “Go Rest High On That Mountain” by Vince Gill with Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs on background vocals, followed by another great tune, “Travelin’ Soldier” by the Dixie Chicks. Let’s hear this one from Loretta Lynn, “Dear Uncle Sam” on The Highway with Sirius XM.

“Dear Uncle Sam” 2:15 – Loretta Lynn – I Like ‘Em Country

“Arlington” 4:09 – Trace Adkins – Songs About Me

“War” – 3:23 – Edwin Starr – War & Peace

Outsiders Radio back after 3, that was Loretta Lynn, followed by Trace Adkins with a song that was written by a buddy of mine, who has shared a lot of songwriting credits on stuff that we’ve done, Mr. Jeremy Spillman, and after that a classic, by Edwin Starr: “War”. That song went to #1 in 1970 for three weeks. Now, how about one from Credence…

“Fortunate Son” 2:21 – Credence Clearwater Revival – Willy and the Poor Boys

“Like Toy Soldiers” 4:57 – Eminem - Encore

“The Ballad Of Ira Hays” 4:10 – Johnny Cash – Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian

Hey it’s Eric Church on Outsiders Radio and that was “The Ballad Of Ira Hays” by Johnny Cash, a story of the Native American, Ira Hays, who was one of six American marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II. Before that, and only on Outsiders Radio, that was Eminem with “Like Toy Soldiers”, a commentary reminding us that the battle sometimes happens on our own streets and our own backyards, and often with just as heavy a price. Speaking of heavy, here’s another one…

“One” 7:26 – Metallica - …And Justice For All

“My Hometown” 4:36 – Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A.

“Soldier’s Last Letter” 2:11 – Merle Haggard - Hag

Outsiders Radio back again after three more great Memorial Day tunes. We started that set off with Metallica’s protest song, “One”. In a word: it’s powerful. That was followed up by “My Hometown”, from Bruce Springsteen’s album Born In The U.S.A., one of my favorite Bruce songs of all time. After that, “A Soldier’s Last Letter” by Merle Haggard. Kind of a heavy show, I know, but we should all remember what Memorial Day is about. And remember those who paid the ultimate cost so we can, as Neil Young puts it, Keep On Rockin’ in the Free World. ‘Til next time… Take us out Neil.

“Rockin’ In The Free World” 3:40 – Neil Young – Freedom

Eric Church hosts Outsiders Radio monthly on SiriusXM's The Highway. Eric explores his personal music influences and plays his current favorites. Church will also play exclusive, never before heard music from his own archives.

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