Eric Church, Ryan Bingham and Joanna Cotten Cover ‘The Weight’ [WATCH]
Eric Church invited both Ryan Bingham and singer-songwriter Joanna Cotten to join him for one unforgettable song during his second of two sold-out acoustic shows at Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater last week (July 30 and 31). During Church's set, the three performed a jaw-dropping cover of the Band's 1968 single "The Weight."
Press play on the video above to watch their performance. Church takes the vocals on the first verse, with Bingham taking the second verse and Cotten belting out the third verse, all earning some serious applause from the audience.
This performance of "The Weight" is the first time that Church has been joined by Bingham and Cotten for the song, but the North Carolina native is quite familiar with the tune: He previously performed the song, along with Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," at Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam during the 2015 CMA Music Festival. Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane, as well as Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild from LBT, joined Church onstage for that evening's rendition.
During Church's first show at the Ascend Amphitheater, he debuted a new song inspired by his son Boone McCoy. The sweet tune, with lines like, "You can be a cowboy on the moon / Or dig to China with a spoon / Talk to Jesus on the phone / Say ‘I love you’ all day long / But when you’re wrong, you should just say so / I learned that from a 3-year-old,” was inspired by true-life experiences with the young boy.
“He loves to go fishing. It’s his favorite thing in the world, and it’s the greatest joy in life to take him fishing,” Church shared with his Music City audience. “But, first time we went — first time — I gave him one of those Zebco rods, I showed him how to throw it out there, I bait it up, got a little bobber on. He threw it out, he reeled it in, and as I was reaching down to grab it to re-throw it, he just stuck the whole damn rod in the water. And, as I went to get the rod, he threw the tackle box in there. And I’m 38 years old, and I did not know a fishing pole sank faster than a tackle box."
Church is currently climbing the charts with his latest single, "Like a Wrecking Ball," from 2014's The Outsiders. Download the song on iTunes.
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