Everyone knows the saying “actions speak louder than words.” But, if you were to tell Eric Church that, he might disagree with you.
The country star is using “Kill a Word,” his latest single from his CMA-nominated album, “Mr. Misunderstood,” to share a strong and powerful message with the world that words do, in fact, matter.
And, on Sept. 12, Eric shared that message again when he performed the song in front of a studio audience on an episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” While Eric is known to be one of country music’s biggest rebels, this ballad puts him in a more somber and poetic light.
In the video above, you see Eric dons his signature look. He leans into the microphone and unveils his dream of taking ugly words out of the dictionary by crooning lyrics like “I’d put upset down in its place/ I’d squeeze the life out of disgrace/ Lay over under six cold feet of dirt/ If I could only kill a word.”
The multi-talented Rhiannon Giddens — who is featured on the track — also contributed vocals during the performance.
Eric will more than likely share that message over and over again when he launches his Holding My Own Tour in January. The North American trek will begin in Lincoln, Nebraska and wrap with back-to-back shows in Nashville, Tennessee.
In addition to that, Eric is tied with Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton with five nominations each for the upcoming CMA Awards. You can catch the 50th annual CMA Awards when they broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC.