I Wish Eric Church Had Included “Becky’s Back In Birmingham” On ‘Heart & Soul’

A group of men playing guitars on a stage

What’s one more song, right?

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks wearing out the repeat button on Eric Church‘s latest project, Heart & Soul. I’m always pumped when we get new music from the Chief, so I’ll happily take what he gives us and listen to it over and over again.

And this time, it wasn’t just a single album. Hell, it wasn’t even a double album – he dropped a TRIPLE album on us.

24 brand new songs from Eric Church.

So what’s there to complain about?

Well this isn’t really a “complaint,” but more of an “I wish.”

Back in 2019, Eric debuted a new song at a show in Birmingham, Alabama alongside longtime songwriter Jeff Hyde called, fittingly, “Becky’s Back in Birmingham.”

If you don’t remember the song, I’ll give you a minute to refresh your memory.

Pretty great, right?

It’s a relatable story about being haunted by an old flame, the kind of story that Eric Church has been able to put into song better than just about anybody else in the genre.

It’s a song that I find myself coming back to pretty often, and I’ve been hoping we would eventually get a studio version.

But three new albums later and unfortunately, none of them have “Becky’s Back in Birmingham.”

Now I’m not one to second guess Eric Church’s song choices for his album. He’s a musical genius, undeniably one of the great country artists of our time. And I’m…well, none of those things. So I’ll leave it to the pro to decide what he wants to record and put on his albums because he knows a hell of a lot better than I do.

And I know that this project features only songs that he wrote and recorded while holed up in the mountains of North Carolina, so “Becky’s Back in Birmingham” probably never really stood a chance. Hell, I don’t even know which one I would replace if I had to swap one of the songs from Heart & Soul out for this one.

But I’m still just a LITTLE disappointed that “Becky’s Back in Birmingham” didn’t make the cut.

So I guess I’ll just have to continue to enjoy this one on YouTube, since it seems like that’s the only place it’s going to live for the time being.

And in the meantime, I’m just thankful that I have 24 brand new Eric Church songs to keep on repeat until the next album drops.

Maybe Becky will get her shot on that one…

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