Watch A Young Eric Church Cover Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” In 2007

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13 years sure do fly by.

From getting kicked off that Rascal Flatts tour which paved the way for a teenager by the name of Taylor Swift, to holding the Entertainer of the Year trophy in 2020, Eric Church‘s career is one of the more unique climbs to the top.

What’s remained steady throughout? Those passionate fans and that electric live show, each building on each other, year after year.

Way back in 2007, Eric was just coming off his debut album, Sinners Like Me (2006), when he took the stage in Nashville to cover one of his heroes to a crowd a fraction of the size he sees today.

Here was the new kid, leaving it all on the stage, singing Waylon Jennings‘ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.”

The original.


Church still plays the song live (when concerts are a thing).

Here is a medley of “How ‘Bout You” and Waylon and “Black Betty” from his last tour.

Lyrics for “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”

Lord, it’s the same old tune, fiddle and guitar
Where do we take it from here?
Rhinestone suits and new shiny cars
It’s been the same way for years
We need to change

Somebody told me when I came to Nashville
“Son, you finally got it made
Old Hank made it here, we’re all sure that you will”
But I don’t think Hank done it this way, no
I don’t think Hank done it this way, okay

Ten years on the road, making one night stands
Speeding my young life away
Tell me one more time just so’s I’ll understand
Are you sure Hank done it this way?
Did old Hank really do it this way?

Lord, I’ve seen the world with a five-piece band
Looking at the back side of me
Singing my songs and one of his now and then
But I don’t think Hank done ’em this way, no
I don’t think Hank done ’em this way
Take it home