Ahead of the April release of his three-part album Heart & Soul, Eric Church has shared “Break it Kind of Guy” from the third chapter, Soul.
Opening with a touch of chicken pickin’ guitarwork, Church’s new track finds the common ground between funk and midtempo country rock over a rolling shuffle beat. “Break it Kind of Guy” took shape during one of Church’s writing sessions with Luke Dick and Casey Beathard, who had previously never worked together.
“Luke was talking about how refreshing it was and how creative he felt in that setting,” Church recounted in a statement. “Then he said, ‘I’m so surprised you would do it this way because normally people are like ‘If it’s not broke’—and when he said that, I went ‘You break it.’ We’ve got three songwriters in the room so immediately it turned into ‘If it’s not broke, I’m a break it kind of guy.’ It was a neat thing for the song to be born in that moment.”
While the Heart and Soul albums will be widely available, the middle portion, the EP &, will only be offered to the Church Choir—the singer’s fan club—on vinyl.
Church has shared numerous tracks in the lead-up to Heart & Soul’s release. “Break it Kind of Guy” will join “Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones,” “Hell of a View” and “Bad Mother Trucker” on Soul, while “Stick That in Your Country Song” and “Heart on Fire” are cut from Heart. “Doing Life with Me” and “Through My Ray-Bans” appear on &.
Heart will be released on April 16, & on April 20 and Soul on April 23. Listen to “Break it Kind of Guy” here: