CHASE RICE PREPARING FOR 1ST UK/IRELAND TOUR AS TICKETS SELL OUT FOR UK SHOWS
CHASE RICE PREPARING FOR FIRST UK/IRELAND TOUR AS TICKETS SELL OUT FOR MANCHESTER & LONDON SHOWS
The singer-songwriter will perform songs from his new album ‘Lambs & Lions’ (Released Friday) across the country December 1st-6th; limited tickets available in Birmingham, Glasgow & Dublin
LONDON, UK (22nd Nov 2017) - With current single ‘Three Chords & The Truth’ rapidly gaining momentum along with the release of his first album release for Broken Bow Records, ‘Lambs & Lions’ last week, Nashville country artist Chase Rice is preparing for his first tour of the UK & Ireland, with headline dates in London and Manchester already sold out, and limited tickets still available in Birmingham, Glasgow & Dublin. The shows form part of a tour spanning two continents, three countries, four months, and over 30 tour dates. UK/Ireland dates as follows:
“The only formula is to put out great music,” says Rice. “It’s as simple as that. I won’t let anyone or anything get in the way of that anymore.”
Rice has released three albums—including, most recently, 2014’s Ignite the Night, which hit No. 1 on the country charts and reached the top five of the Top 200—but with Lambs & Lions, he is making a fresh start. With a new label and a renewed sense of creative purpose, he is making music that draws from multiple sources and influences, but is unified by his vision, integrity, and honesty.
“This is an album that stands for what I stand for,” says Rice. “I don’t think of myself as a country artist specifically—I’m here to be an artist, period. I’m very proud of the country genre, and I think we have some big country radio songs on here, but outside of that, there’s a story I wanted to tell, regardless of genre. I had to completely put out of my mind what anyone else would think. I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I took it as far as I possibly could.”
The ten songs on Lambs & Lions derive from Rice’s life and experience, triumphs and disappointments, and ultimately his determination to stand up for his convictions. Produced by Chris DeStefano, Mac MacAnally and, most surprisingly, Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Cold War Kids), Lambs & Lions offers up sounds from the unsettling strings and horns on the title track to the spare piano and swelling choir of “Amen.” And if it took him walking out on his record company and finding a new home to get there, it also reflects the unconventional path that led him to make music in the first place.
Born in Florida and raised on a farm in Asheville, North Carolina, Rice was a promising linebacker at the University of North Carolina. “Football wired me for the rest of my life,” he says, “including in some wrong ways. So, I’ve had to learn to be more sensitive and when to be more aggressive. It’s a focus you carry on to everything you do in life.”
Encouraged by his father, he began playing guitar and writing songs in college. After his father died and an injury ended his football career, music became his solace during a period of depression. (The slogan he took to writing inside the brim of his baseball caps, "HDEU," served as a reminder to keep his head down, working, but his eyes up, looking forward to the future—and now inspires his clothing company, Head Down Eyes Up.)
After college, Rice was selected as a NASCAR pit crew member, winning two championships with the Lowes teams, and then took time away to escape. But his heart never left music, and he knew he had to take his shot at Nashville. Soon after arriving, he was part of the team that wrote Florida Georgia Line’s smash “Cruise,” which went on to be certified Platinum with over 10 million in sales. After a couple of independent album releases of his own, Rice signed a major label deal.
It was the peak moment for country songs about girls, trucks, and parties, and the Ignite the Night album spun off several hit singles, including the platinum “Ready Set Roll” and gold “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” Rice still feels connected to this work. “I can still completely relate to those songs,” he says. “I’m still proud of that record. It got people to come to the shows, put me on a farm I otherwise would never have, and made me into the artis
I am today.”
November 22, 2017 1:00pm ET by Lime Tree Music