Chris Janson’s fourth album, “All In”, hits stores Friday (April 29th) and includes the new single, “You, Me & the River,” a duet with Eric Church.
Chris tells Billboard that he met Eric during an All-Star tribute to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons at the Grand Ole Opry House last year, and they soon became fishing buddies. That connection between the two singer-songwriters led Church to send Janson a rough demo of a song Church had written, a swampy murder mystery titled “You, Me & the River.”
“I was coming in from Montana, and had just landed about 3:30 in the morning. My phone dinged and it was this voice memo from Eric. He said, ‘Hey, this is a little bit dark, but I wanted to see what you think.'”
Chris listened to the rough version and loved the song, of course. And then on a whim texted back asking Eric if he’d like to make it a duet. He continues, “I thought he’d say no, but he immediately texted back, ‘I’m in.’
“I looked at my wife and was like, ‘I guess I’m doing a duet with Eric Church now.’ I was like, ‘Am I really on that level where he respects me enough to send me a song?’ Holy schnikes.”
“You, Me & The River” with my buddy @ericchurch is coming out with the album on Friday and got a badass and scary video to go along with it. I’ll be hanging on YouTube too during the premiere Friday at 10am CT. See ya’ll there! https://t.co/o9noI8xnIY pic.twitter.com/5j62hL0JUL
— Chris Janson (@janson_chris) April 27, 2022