After an amazing 2014, hometown boy Eric Church began this year by blasting through Bridgestone Arena’s previous attendance record, to the tune of over 18,000 fans filling the seats, and spilling over into the aisles, at his hometown show here in Nashville. And now, still in the first month of the new year, the seriously talented and obviously popular country music star is up for three Grammy’s, including Country Song of the Year, “Give Me Back My Hometown.” The song which hit No. 1 on the Billboard country songs charts last year, is from the album The Outsiders, which is up for Country Album of the Year. And just announced today by EB Media here in Nashville, Church is set to perform on the Grammy’s on CBS February 8.
Now, almost a year after the album release, another No. 1 hit from The Outsiders has surfaced on the Billboard and Mediabase country song charts this week with “Talladega,” making two number ones from the same album. Speaking of the album, The Outsiders took over 2014 with country music’s biggest debut week, the first country music album of the year to reach platinum, and appearances on many critics’ “best of” lists.
“Talladega” is one of several nostalgic songs on the album that the fans have really identified with. This song is a story of remembering younger days through the memory of a trip to the well-known Alabama race track “Talladega.” It begins as a soft, romantic acoustic melody and builds to the aggressive presence of an electric guitar, as the song, singer and listener make it to the race finish line.
Here’s to turning up, slowing down and cars that go real fast,” Church sings in the song’s chorus.