Chase Rice’s latest single and ode to his roots, “Everybody We Know Does”, plays well to his audiences, who easily relate to the blue-collar lyrics. Enjoying the weekend with a few beers, some good buddies, and country music is something many enjoy doing, and fans in Buford, GA were no exception. Thousands poured onto the lawns outside the Buford Community Center to catch Rice and openers Mary Kate Farmer & Runaway June on a beautiful Saturday night.
“Everybody We Know Does”, co-written by Jeremy Bussey & Travis Denning, gives Rice’s fans a preview of what to expect from his second studio album. Currently in the process of being recorded, it will follow 2014 debut album, Ignite the Night, which was certified gold. This current tour is Rice’s 5th time headlining, in addition to opening for Kenny Chesney’s 2015 Big Revival Tour and playing several festivals throughout this year.
Rice is a solid headliner, always delivering a compelling performance. His sets generally include his biggest hits, fan favorites, and covers of artists he listens to and loves. His Saturday show had a medley of Blink-182 tracks (“What’s My Age Again?”, “All The Small Things”), Eric Church’s “Smoke A Little Smoke”, David Lee Murphy’s “Dust On The Bottle”, and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'”. Rice has never been shy of showing his admiration for Garth Brooks, and his take on “Friends In Low Places” had the audience singling along with everything they had.
The crowd, as is the case at many of Rice’s shows, was heavily female and it’s not hard to see why. Rice is charismatic and his sultry lyrics on songs like “Gonna Wanna Tonight” and “Ride” always draws the ladies in. As he began the opening line of the latter, the only accurate word to describe the audience’s response was “shrieks”. Atop a barstool, Rice strummed his guitar, as phones filled up the air. During the song, he stepped away to bring a woman onstage for a serenade she wouldn’t soon forget. This woman was not just another face in the crowd – Rice’s friend and tour manager, John Lessard, had asked for his girlfriend’s mother to be brought up for the moment. Rice joked with the crowd that even though there were lots of kids in the crowd, their parents should cover their eyes and ears, because things were “about to get sexual”. Lessard’s girlfriend also got a bit of instruction as Rice joked, “Haley, you can call me daddy soon”.While many know and love him for songs like “Ride” or try to keep him in the “bro-country” box, Rice is so much more than that. No doubt, his biggest accomplishment as a songwriter has been for Florida Georgia Line’s mega-hit “Cruise”. That being said, he has written so many more songs, none of which are more deserving of that level of recognition than “Jack Daniels & Jesus”. Telling the crowd that the song is his favorite as a songwriter, as well, Rice kept the performance of it stripped down and poignant. The struggle between right and wrong, good and evil, comes alive with lyrics like, “Between the Black Label and the letters unread, I’ve felt what living is, and what it’s like to live dead”. Rice is a gifted songwriter and we can only hope his upcoming album contains more of the great music he’s poured his heart and soul into.
The “Everybody We Know Does” tour is a great way to experience Rice’s music and personality. He shines as a headliner and always makes sure his audiences enjoy themselves. Find a date near you by visiting his website. You can also stay up-to-date with Rice by following him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.