Eric Church is making chart strides with ‘Heart Like A Wheel,’ the latest preview of his upcoming album Desperate Man, due on 5 October on EMI Nashville. The mid-tempo track, which is flavoured with shades of old-school soul, enters Billboard’s Country Digital Song Sales at No. 6. The chart, compiled by Nielsen Music, features country music’s most-streamed and top-selling paid downloads.
‘Heart Like A Wheel’ is a new composition by Church, produced as ever by Jay Joyce. It’s not to be confused with the Kate & Anna McGarrigle song that became the title track from Linda Ronstadt’s Grammy-winning album of 1974, or indeed the number from the Steve Miller Band’s 1981 album Circle Of Love.
The new song becomes Church’s 14th top ten hit on the digital sales chart, and simultaneously debuts at No. 35 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs countdown. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Meant To Be’ holds at No. 1 on that chart for a dizzying 39th consecutive week. Here’s the lyric video to ‘Heart Like A Wheel,’ which debuted to members of the artist’s Church Choir fan club before becoming widely available:
In a recent interview feature, Rolling Stone described the new album as “classic Church: expertly crafted and country-radio-friendly, while also pushing boundaries in a way that sounds natural and unforced.” Members of the Church Choir have also been the first to hear preview clips of ‘Some Of It’ and ‘Hippie Radio’ from Desperate Man. Church’s next live date is at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama Beach, Florida on Saturday (1 September).
“The great thing about country is where it came from,” he says. “It can change and evolve, and it should. It’s a big umbrella. But we can’t let it get so wide that we don’t know where the middle is. Country is not about hay bales or a fiddle. It’s about emotion and the organic way we make it. We don’t use machines. We use instruments.”
Desperate Man is released on 5 October, and can be bought here.
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