At the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night (April 7), Eric Church grouped up with Ashley McBryde for a quiet, fantastic performance of his politically-charged tune “The Snake.”
As the pair unobtrusively spoke-sang their separate stanzas of the song, the gathering of people sat in amazement. Maybe they were feeling an option that is other than stunningness also, as the two sang with two giant, superimposed pictures of a rattlesnake snake and a copperhead approaching over the stage. The pair’s small backing band gave solemn backup harmonies.
“The Snake,” off of Church’s 2018 album Desperate Man, fills in as a purposeful anecdote for the inadequacy of a two-party political system and commentary on modern-day divisions in society. “They just run those forked tongues/ And the whole world’s burning down,” Church sings.
Church’s Desperate Man is nominated for Album of the Year at tonight’s ceremony, while McBryde got two nominations, for Female Artist and New Female Artist of the Year.