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Eric Church's "Guys Like Me" released seven years ago this week

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Eric Church's single "Guys Like Me" was released seven years ago this week on January 22, 2007. The song, co-written by Eric Church and Deric Ruttan, became the third single from "Sinners Like Me." It officially entered the Billboard charts on February 3, 2007, where it debuted at number 53.

A music video directed by Scott Spear played in heavy rotation on both CMT and GAC networks. Spear also directed Eric Church's first clip, "How 'Bout You."

Eric saw momentum increase in his career with the release of "Guys Like Me." Sales of his debut record began to hit nearly 4,000 units a week. USA Today also featured the singer in an interview during July of that year.

"It's a fight for us," Eric told USA Today. "I fight for a fan. I fight for one more spot on the chart. I fight for whatever it is. i don't know that it was supposed to be any other way."

Eric Church spent the part of 2007 opening shows for fellow Capitol Records artist Dierks Bentley. "Guys Like Me" was often the third song is Eric's rousing set. The song, which peaked at number seventeen on the charts, continues to be a staple of his shows. In fact, Eric included the tune during his acoustic shows opening for George Strait in January of this year.

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