Eric Church is continuing to roll out songs from his forthcoming sixth LP, Desperate Man, with “Heart Like a Wheel,” a soulful, shuffling ballad that meditates on lifetime love against the odds, delivered to his fan club, the Church Choir, on Thursday night. Now widely available in a lyric video, Church offers up some of the album’s recurring iconography to accompany the track: industrial hangars, cloudy skies and something soaring through the air – this time, a plane, though it’s a bird who pops up on the album’s cover.
“Can’t say there won’t be rough patches / Scratches from thorns and briars / Over or under, we’ll roll like thunder /As long as there’s tread on these tires,” Church sings on the track he wrote solo, with gorgeous gospel harmonies courtesy of Joanna Cotten and a tastefully sparse Muscle Shoals melody.
Church’s current single, the Ray Wylie Hubbard co-write “Desperate Man,” rose four spots on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week to number 18. Desperate Man will be released October 5th.