Chris Janson has teamed up with his musical hero, Eric Church, for a brand new duet, “You, Me & The River” and the duo have brought the song to life with a haunting new music video.
Janson and Church unveiled the chilling cinematic clip to accompany the killer ballad on Friday, April 29. Directed by longtime Church collaborator Reid Long, the black-and-white clip opens with Church dragging a body into a river. Janson then appears going to a wooded area to bury a body that later appears to be the church.
The script, which plays out like a mini-movie, intertwines with clips of Janson and Church in what appears to be an interrogation room while singing the song as if being questioned about a murder.
The two seem to haunt each other in other scenes in the moving clip.
Janson recently spoke with CMT about the “pretty intense” filming process and compared the music video to the Netflix drama series, Ozark.
“Ultimately, this video was awesome to make – but it was also scary, and it was fun in a whole new way!” Janson added. “It was real acting. And Eric Church is a soldier, man. He said, ‘Throw a bunch of dirt in my face.’ So I covered my buddy in dirt on a cold spring night.Like I said…scary!
The track was written solely by Church and marks the first song Janson cut that he didn’t have a hand in writing.
“Hey homie, hey homie, ain’t this Mississippi muddy / In this town, well, yeah, she takes what you give her / So tonight I lay me down to sleep / And pray to my soul and my secret to keep / Between you, me and the river,” Janson and Church sing on the chorus.
Janson revealed that he was actually introduced to “You, Me & The River” by Church via text message.
“I just said, ‘You know what? I would record that. The song is pretty badass,” Janson recalled. “I was like, ‘Do you want to do a duet?’ He shot back at me, ‘I’m in.’ I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t even believe this.’ I said (to my wife), I guess I’m doing an Eric Church duet for the new album.
The couple went on to form a friendship, which Janson says is “incredible.”
“You, Me & The River” isn’t the only song Church has contributed to Janson’s new album, All In, as Church also co-wrote another track from the project, “Flag On The Wall.”
out now, All-in features 16 tracks, including his collaboration with Eric Church and another duet with Travis Tritt. The project also includes her latest single, “Bye Mom”, as well as previously released songs “Cold Beer Truth” and “Keys To The Country”.
“The track ‘All In’ epitomizes this album,” Janson previously shared. “There are all kinds of songs on this project, but they all flow together because they are authentic to me. I was involved in every step of the process, from writing to singing to playing and production. I feel like this is my best album, the most true to myself to date.
Co-produced by Janson alongside Tommy Cecil, Zach Crowell and Brad Clawson, All In features co-writing with some of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters including Church, Ashley Gorley, David Lee Murphy, Rhett Akins, Casey Beathard, Dallas Davidson and more.