Eric Church And Joanna Cotten Deliver Beautiful Acoustic Rendition Of “Like Jesus Does” At Stagecoach

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I’ve sorely missed seeing these two on stage together.

Last week, Eric Church was one of the headliners at Stagecoach, performing an hour and a half-long acoustic medley, along with a gospel choir and the occasional brass instrument. It was stripped back, simple, and basically the complete opposite of his usual high-energy show.

And in case you somehow missed it, a lot of Stagecoach attendees were not so happy with the show Chief delivered, and in a lot of ways, I get it. A lot of those people weren’t necessarily die-hard fans only there for that one night to see him, so it was probably pretty shocking to say the least. They came for the typical wild, upbeat Church show, and basically got a gospel hour (along with some covers)…

As a huge Eric Church fan myself and someone who loves acoustic anything, I would’ve loved to see this set in person, but it definitely wasn’t for everyone, especially at a festival in California… where, like I said, I would reason to guess a lot of the attendees weren’t part of the Church choir.

Anywho, easily the highlight of the evening seemed to be when Eric brought out his former, longtime backup vocalist and frequent duet partner Joanna Cotten. Joanna announced in 2022 that she would be taking a step back from the band and road on tour, which was a massive loss because she is an incredible, powerhouse vocalist and performer.

But Eric surprised fans when Joanna showed up at Stagecoach to sing with her friend once again, and they did an incredible, acoustic rendition of Eric’s “Like Jesus Does.” The song was  written by Casey Beathard and Monty Criswell, and included as the fifth and final single from Church’s fan-favorite 2011 album, Chief. 

“Like Jesus Does” peaked at #6 on the Billboard U.S. Country Airplay chart in 2013, and has since been certified Gold by the RIAA. Notably, it’s one of just three songs on any of Church’s albums that he himself is not credited as a writer.

And Joanna totally brought the house down during this performance… around the 1:35 mark, she just lets it rip, and it’s stunning. She’s such an incredible talent, so do yourself a favor and check it out:

“Like Jesus Does”

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