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Eric Church started teasing fans everywhere with tidbits of his new song, “Hippie Radio” back in August. He trickled out the official audio on October 4th and now we got another very special treat: he just dropped an official acoustic performance online and it is everything you ever needed in life.
The video opens with him sitting on cracked, concrete steps slowly strumming his guitar. He opens his mouth and starts singing the nostalgic song, bringing up every memory from his childhood – and y’all can definitely relate.
Church reminds us of all our favorite songs from the 70s and 80s and will have you wanting to go back to the simple times, where music and cars were king. Each classic song he sings transcends time and correlates with a different time period in his life.
He goes through the slow-burning ballad telling the story of a young boy who listened to the “Hippie Radio” growing up sitting in the passenger seat of his dad’s car. Obviously a special memory to him, he remembers how his dad was a young man at the time and couldn’t carry a tune. He sings, “A boy and his dad in a Pontiac and the hippie radio.”
Time goes by and the young boy sitting in the back of his pop’s car grows into a young man who falls in love and experiences his adolescent years listening to that same radio with the girl of his dreams. Later, that girl he fell in love with becomes his wife. He sings, “A boy and his girl in a Pontiac, and the hippie radio.”
As the song nears the end, the couple is driving along smiling at each other with a knowing look. They are married 4 years now and have brought a little life into the world. The two have made it full circle and Church sings, “A boy and his dad and a boy and his girl in a Pontiac… and the hippie radio.”
The simple surroundings in the video allow the focus to be completely on his harrowing voice as he tells the tale of the young boy turning into a man with a child of his own. Church moves patiently through each stage of life. His style reminds us that it all can go a bit too fast – and that we should slow down and listen to some old hippie radio.
Church has such an amazing way with words and this song is proof of his talent and creativity. It is a must-see for any country fan – or even anyone who wants to reminisce on the flower-child days of the 70s!
You’ll love reliving the good ol’ days in the video below and don’t forget to check out the rest of Eric Church’s new album, Desperate Man available now.