“Hang on, everybody, this one is gonna rock,” said Brad Paisley, introducing Eric Church‘s performance of “Chattanooga Lucy” at the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 8) — and it didn’t disappoint.
Church played a barnstorming version of the Mr. Misunderstood track, complete with acoustic and electric guitar solos, several wailing backup singers, a lot of distortion and far more tambourine. And, of course, he kept his trademark shades on throughout.
Church kicked off the night’s proceedings hours earlier, with an a capella performance of “Amazing Grace.” He’s also up for the night’s top honor, entertainer of the year.
Watch his performance below.