Eric Church is back with his first official new music since 2015’s surprise release Mr. Misunderstood, and the news comes with an album announcement, too. In a video message to his Church Choir fan club, Church revealed that his forthcoming LP, Desperate Man, will be released October 5th. The first single, also titled “Desperate Man,” will be available Friday, but is streaming for both paid and free tiers of the fan club today.
Co-written with Ray Wylie Hubbard, “Desperate Man” picks up where Mr. Misunderstood’s “Chattanooga Lucy” left off, walking in with a bit of funk and straight into a Southern rock anthem built on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” the Rolling Stones and spikes of Bakersfield guitar. But it’s also unmistakably Church, chugging forward with nonconformist rhythmic breaks and lyrics that paint an evocative picture of the struggle to find sanity and salvation in a bruised but beautiful world. “But hey, what can I say? I’m a desperate man,” Church sings.
“It’s been a while; I just want to say I have missed you,” Church said, addressing fans in the video (fast-forward to the 1:10 mark). “I have good news…the album is done, and we are back. It’s called Desperate Man and the first single is called ‘Desperate Man,’ with the Choir having access to listen first through their login today.”
Desperate Man, produced by Jay Joyce, will be released for free to members of Church’s fan club. Signing off, Church says, “I look forward to seeing you on the road.”