Eric Church is used to dealing with haters. More often than not, being one of country music’s top draws and a regular award winner is probably enough to help the North Carolina native sleep at night. Sometimes, though, Mr. Misunderstood is ready to go Biblical, a fact that he tackles in a new song called “Old Testament Me,” which he debuted at his Church Choir fan club party during CMA Music Festival in Nashville.
Church played the song on Friday afternoon at a private performance during the fest, which took over Music City most of last week. Accompanied only by himself on guitar, the North Carolina native’s eye-for-an-eye screed isn’t one to be trifled with, a declaration of God-is-on-my-side righteousness. “I’m not a vile or violent man, but I’m a son of a bitch when you box me in,” Church sings at on point, before namedropping the apostles and promising, “You ain’t gonna like what you see from Old Testament me.”
While “Old Testament Me” clearly sees Church is a fighting mood, the first half of 2017 has treated him pretty well. His Holdin’ My Own Tour, with its marathon three-hour set lists, has been the biggest-selling tour in the world so far this year, and he was recently announced as a recipient of a special award at September’s ACM Honors ceremony.