Eric Church and Keith Urban are two of the most successful artists in country music today by themselves, put them together and you have a formidable duo capable of recording one of the best songs in recent memory. The product of their combination is Urban’s latest single off of his 2013 Fuse album, “Raise ‘Em Up.”
When listened to as part of the entire record, the track seems somewhat out of place. Bro-country influences are plentiful and sometimes overwhelming on cuts like “Somewhere in My Car” and “Even the Stars Fall 4 U,” but “Raise ‘Em Up” marches to the beat of its own drum and manifests itself into being one of the most introspective songs recorded by Urban in a long time. For Church, the song makes sense; in a time where storytelling country music is getting harder and harder to find (especially on country radio), he still flies the flag of independence and willingness to adhere to traditional sounds. If this song had been cut by Church on The Outsiders, it would have fit right in. For Keith however, it feels odd, but in a good way.