Outsiders Radio: Episode #32

October 1, 2017


Hey everybody, it’s Eric Church back for the thirty-second episode of “Outsiders Radio”.   There’s a lot to talk about today.  A few weeks ago, country music fans were attacked by a gunman at a festival in Las Vegas.  At last count, 59 people were killed, and over 500 injured.  I performed at that festival on Friday, and some of the people at MY show were at also the show that fateful Sunday.  I’m a songwriter, and I write about what I’m feeling.  A few days later, I performed this song at the Grand Ole Opry.

In the weeks following the tragedy that happened in Las Vegas, a lot of country artists have stepped forward to speak about what happened.  Jason Aldean was on stage in Las Vegas when the shooter attacked the fans.  A week later, he appeared on Saturday Night Live, and said: “So many people are hurting. They’re all part of our family. We hurt for you and we hurt with you.”  Then he performed THIS song.

The Las Vegas shooting happened on Sunday October 1st.  The very next day, rock legend Tom Petty died of a heart attack.  The country world has also lost a few great artists in the past few months: Hall of Famer Don Williams and Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry.  Anyone who loves country music knows the great songs of Don Williams.  They called him “The Gentle Giant,” and it was because he was a quiet guy who’d walk on stage with his guitar, a cigarette, and a cup of coffee.  He wouldn’t say much between songs, buy when it was over, you were entertained by his songs and the way he did them.  Those of us who grew up in the south can identify with this classic from the late, great Don Williams.

That’s Don Williams and Good Ole Boys Like Me.  We lost Don on September 8th, and that same day, Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash.  I remember when I first moved to Nashville, Eddie & Troy were already hittin’ it big with hits like Hell Yeah and My Town, and they had a sound that changed country music.  Here’s Troy from about ten years ago.

TROY: I think we were kind of on the cutting edge, when Hillbilly Shoes came out there was nothing like that on radio. It has progressively stayed the same through the Gretchen Wilson era, and Toby Keith kinda picked up his music, I think we etched a trail there and it’s blazed ever since, so I think it’d be cool for someone to say you all started this whole movement, or at least opened the doors for people to do what they’re doing now.

That’s Montgomery Gentry, featuring lead vocals from the late Troy Gentry, and Gone.  I wanna bring in ANOTHER great duo, my buddies Brothers Osborne, for THEIR thoughts on Troy and Don Williams.

(JOHN) It was a tough day for country music, hearing that Don Williams died, it’s hard hearing about a legend passing, we wish we can keep these people around forever, and then minutes later hearing Troy’s passing was really tough. We never got to meet Don, we’ve been playing his music in bars, but Troy, we met him not too long ago, he’s one of the kindest most down to earth nice people, and that one hurts in a different way, and those guys paved the way for us, they’re true artists, we’re all out there trying to keep this country music tradition alive and we’re thankful they even made music in the first place.

I’m John & I’m TJ and we’re Brothers Osborne. We’re spotlighting some musical legends we lost this month on Outsiders Radio.  (TJ) Don Williams, It was one of those nights, we found out about Don Williams passing at sound check, then we found out about Troy, it was a bizarre day. Country music is a close community, it affects everyone, it was a horrible thing to find out.  It’s random, a lot of people know the song, it was a last minute thing we threw in as an ode to Don. 

I’m John & I’m TJ and we’re Brothers Osborne. You’re listening to Outsiders Radio on The Highway. (John ) A few weeks ago, we got to take part in the Hand To Hand telethon that raised money for victims of the Texas & Florida hurricanes.  (John) It was wild getting to do the telethon, looking around the room looking at the such an array of Nashville celebrities, it was cool, in a time when it seems like we’re divided as a nation, for me, it reminded me we’re not really divided. People from all over this country called in to donate money.  (TJ) We got a lot of calls from Canada, it was uplifting to talk to a lot of people, it was a really cool moment to experience.

Those are my buddies John & TJ of Brothers Osborne.  They traveled to New York City in September to announce the CMA Award nominations. 


Thanks Eric, we’re happy to be a part of Outsiders Radio. (TJ) It was fun, awesome to read the nominations. We were nervous because sometimes we don’t read good. But it was fun, especially being on TV and being nominated on live TV was a cool experience.  We didn’t do our best Taylor Swift, but we were shocked. (John) Absolutely, getting to read the nominations for the CMAs on TV is a wild experience, once the camera hits you, that’s live, millions watching you, especially since we have inherently foul mouths, I’m impressed we were able to keep it together, and we got two nominations, we kind of expected the Duo of the Year, but we didn’t see the video coming at all, so we’re super grateful for that.  It’s amazing, it’s overwhelming but amazing.  (John) We got our first Video of the Year nomination for It Ain’t My Fault. (TJ) The video, really John & I requested we didn’t want to be in the video very much. We wanted a cameo, didn’t want a performance, or any kind of usual thing you see in videos. So it was nice to change it up, and have this story line and kind of poke fun at politicians, who are classic for diverting any blame. The 51st annual CMA Awards will take place on November 8th, broadcast live on ABC-TV.

What’s up, y’all I’m John, and I’m TJ with Brothers Osborne. You’re listening to Outsiders Radio on The Highway.  (John) We played some shows this month with Eric, and we’re proud to say he’s nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year. (TJ) Goin’ back circlin’ back to the CMA nominations, it was really cool to see him get a well-deserved nomination for Entertainer of the Year. Him goin’ out there selling out place by himself, it makes me proud to have an artist like that in our genre. Back when we were playing shows with him, his show then was incredible, it was one of the best shows I’ve seen. A lot of people who’ve made hit fans, and this guy, you hear all these songs, some of them are deep cuts, the whole crowd knows them and sings along, it’s kind of the jam band mentality, it’s cool.

I’m Eric Church and you’re listening to Outsiders Radio.  We just announced that we will be releasing a new boxed set from my 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour.  The package is called “61 Days In Church,” and it’s available now at a special website: 61DaysInChurch.com.  You’ll get 15 vinyl albums, a tour book, and poster in a road case.  In addition to MY music, you’ll get some of the cover songs we did during the tour.  That was one of my favorite moments in the show, playing a classic song that related to the local town.  Here’s one I did in Pittsburgh.

That’s a song from my new boxed set: 61 Days In Church.  Once again, for more information, go to 61DaysInChurch.com.  A couple of items in the news I want to mention.  My friends at BMI will be honoring Keith Urban the night before the CMA Awards, so congratulations to Keith.  In addition, Keith just announced that he’ll take part in a Nashville benefit called Country Rising on November 12th.  Proceeds from that show will go to the victims of the hurricanes last month as well as the Las Vegas shooting.  I love Keith and mentioning him gives me the opportunity to play our duet: Raise Em Up.

I was so glad I got to be a part of that song with Keith Urban.  Speaking of live albums and duets, my buddy Kenny Chesney just released a new album called “Live In No Shoes Nation.”  I was fortunate to do a couple tours with Kenny, and every night, we did a song together called “When I See This Bar.”  I’m going to end this edition of Outsiders Radio with that song, and I think this version was recorded at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. 


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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