On July 30, Eric Church played the first ever show at the new Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tenn.
It was the first of two rare acoustic performances by Church that have been sold out at the new venue for weeks. Fans who were lucky enough to be in attendance for his first performance heard a brand new song inspired by his 3-year-old son, Boone McCoy. Before Church began the touching track, he shared some father-and-son stories with the audience.
“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. 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. 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.”
This adorable story is one of many real-life tidbits referenced in the lyrics to “3 Year Old”, which you can hear in the video above. It’s one that’s likely to quickly become a fan-favorite, especially for moms and dads of all ages.
Church is currently out on The Outsiders World Tour which will wrap up with a handful of dates through September. You can find a full list of upcoming tour dates at his official website.