Eric Church’s Unreleased “Standing Their Ground” Is A Powerful Salute To Our Nation’s Heroes

Joe Pugliese

In tough times, we’ve always counted on music to help make sense of the crazy world around us.

And right now, it’s as crazy as I’ve ever seen.

Over the years, Eric Church has proven to be one that leans into the heartache, leans into the confusion… not run from it.

After the tragic event of Route 91 Harvest, Eric delivered a gut-wrenching performance of song called “Why Not Me” at the Grand Ole Opry a few days later.

And who could forget songs like “Kill A Word,” the kind of message we all need to hear.

When the pandemic hit, he performed his encouraging “Never Break Heart” on the ACM special, and even more recently, released song called “Through My Ray Bans,” longing for the days when we can all gather again.

Thankfully, as the Gather Again Tour kicks off… those days have come.

But if Eric has proved anything over his career, it’s that his music is timeless.

Take “Standing Their Ground” for instance.

Written over 10 years ago, it never made an album, although Eric once said he would put it on the next album if Hank Jr. didn’t record it. He recorded it for his live 61 Days In Church album, played it at the Opry, and there’s a few YouTube performance floating around the interwebs, but that’s pretty much it.

And today, with the world at war with COVID-19, wars in the Middle East, and wars on our inner-city streets… it still feels more relevant than ever.

So here’s salute to the doctors, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, EMTs, the countless men and women who risk their lives to defend our freedom in the United States Military, and especially a salute to the 13 who gave lives evacuating Afghanistan.

“So tonight I pray, as I lay my worries down, Lord watch over those, still standing their ground.”

Here’s the live version, performed on February 24th, 2017

A beer bottle on a dock


A beer bottle on a dock