Johnny Cash Recites “Ragged Old Flag” Before Eric Church’s ACM Performance


All summer long, the Grand Ole Opry has held concerts in its historic hall with no fans. Once again, on September 16, there were singers on stage but no one in the audience.

The 55th Annual ACM Awards took place at three historic Nashville locations: The Bluebird Cafe, The Ryman Auditorium, and of course, The Grand Ole Opry.

Eric Church was one of the lucky few who got to stand in “The Circle” to perform at the ACM Awards. He sang one of his latest songs, “Stick That In Your Country Song.”

Written by Jeffrey Steele and Davis Naish, “Stick That In Your Country Song” will be included on Church’s upcoming album.

Church released it as a single on June 25, 2020, but he and his band recorded it last winter, according to a Facebook post from the country singer.

The song touches on real-world issues including soldiers coming back from war, overworked and underpaid school teachers, and more. 

Church’s performance began with him strumming on a dark stage, and Johnny Cash reciting “Ragged Old Flag” played on the screen behind him. The “Desperate Man” singer then passionately dove in to his own song with an image of the American flag waving behind him.

We really felt every word Church sang on Wednesday. Watch his performance below.