Eric Church played the Stagecoach country music festival on Friday (April 29), and while he was out in California, he visited with country station KFRG/Riverside-San Bernardino. And they talked about the title track from his latest album Mr. Misunderstood.
Church wrote the song with longtime Nashville hitmaker Casey Beathard, but he explains in the interview that it is not the autobiography some people may think it is.
“That song, it wasn’t overly written about me,” he says. “A lot of people think that that song’s autobiographical. There are parts of it that are. But it’s mainly for the people that are different — which I was — and stood out. And sometimes there’s ridicule. And you get picked on for that. But it’s OK to be different. That’s really what the song is about.”
But Church is quick to add, “I will say that I think that no matter where you go in life, there’s always a level of you that’s misunderstood.”
“Mr. Misunderstood” was named video of the year at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards.