LISTEN: Chris Janson Teases New Duet with Eric Church, ‘All In’

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.”

The new 16-song collection also features a duet with Travis Tritt, “Things You Can’t Live Without.”