“Talladega” is one of those songs that really make a person reminisce about their past and everything that makes them who they are today. Though Eric Church’s hit song talks about NASCAR and the Talladega Superspeedway, he’s quoted saying that the song isn’t about racing at all, but “that experience, whatever that is: the experience with the person next to you, and knowing that that’s probably a finite time in your life. It’s not gonna last forever.”
“Talladega” was cowritten by Church, and the music video, that was directed by Peter Zavadil, was released in December 2014. The song was released as the fourth single from his The Outsiders album. It peaked at #1 on both the US Country Airplay (Billboard) chart and the Canada Country (Billboard) chart.
There’s actually one important tidbit of information that y’all might not know. The elderly man in the beginning laying in the hospital bed is 92-year-old, World War II Army Airforce veteran, Ray Jackson. He made his acting debut on Church’s “Talladega” music video. The Tennessean interviewed Jackson, asking him about his acting debut. He said acting is “just another job to do.” Church kindly gifted Jackson with a limited-edition hardcover book of “A Song to Sing” – a Christmas gift. Tucked inside is a personal letter from Church himself, old army photographs, and pictures of his grandchildren. How thoughtful!
So, as y’all can see, this song is much more meaningful than you may have initially thought. It’s definitely worth a closer look and an ever close listen. Check it out.
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