“I want people to kind of shake their heads and say, ‘Did he really just say that?’ Or ‘Did I really just hear that right?’ I don’t want it to be the same old thing. Once you get to your limit, push it to the next.” Be an 11.“On a scale of 1 to 10, be an 11.”
Chase Rice has an EP Ready Set Roll, coming out October 15. Ready Set Roll exemplifies his goal of always aiming for an 11. Chase Rice’s sound has its roots in who he is and where he comes from. He was a college football player for the University of North Carolina, a crew member for NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsport team. He sold out venues without benefit of a manager, a record company or a song on the radio. To further evidence his determination, stamina and confidence, catch a few episodes of Survivor: Nicaragua, where Chase came in a close second. Likely, having the most impact on Chase Rice is the mindset imparted to him by his father, Daniel Rice, who passed away while Chase was a student earning a double degree at UNC. This mindset seems to have strengthened his drive to achieve…
The guy with an amazingly genuine smile and laid back country boy good looks is a skillful singer/songwriter. Chase cowrote the Florida Georgia Line megahit Cruise. He has continued to write music with a variety of Nashville’s finest such as Rhett Atkins and Ross Copperman.
The songs on Ready Set Roll were recorded with producer/engineers Chris Destefano, Scott Cooke, and Chad Carlson and Rhett Atkins as Executive Producer.
Personally, I like my music clean. I like to hear the words over the music. Chase delivers. The songs, all of which he cowrote, mix up the newer taste of today’s country with some hip hop (Turn The Party Up courtesy of Colt Ford) and electronica. Ready Set Roll has pickin’ banjos, pure piano, twangy and rock edged guitar, warm and punchy drums. The music always retains the twang that compliments Chase’s sexy, swagger sounding voice. The lyrics are fun, countrified, descriptive and mashup roughness and smoothness. No matter that there is an infusion of hip hop, he still sings about country favorites like tailgates, redneck rowdy, the bible, shotguns on the rack and girls.
“Ready Set Roll” starts with the introduction of electronica and keeps it country…talking about Fireball, pedal to the metal, kiss ya, get to know your smile. It is a smooth song that will slide with ease out of your mouth.
“Turn the Party Up” this one is a definite country, party song. I love the flow of the lyrics and I liked Colt Ford’s rap midstream.
“Country In Ya” as the lyrics say “city girls, uptown styles, backwoods crazy, sip on the wine, Florida pines, kick it back slow, tailgate town, lemme put some country in you, redneck rowdy, kissing in the dark….” Need I say more?
“Look at My Truck ” is such an honest and sentimental song. Shows off a rasp in Chase’s voice and definitely speaks for the many guys and gals who grew up owning a truck. “If you wanna know what I’m made of just look at my truck”.
“Best Beers of Our Lives” electronica and mixes up with Colt Ford style hiphop. A great drinking with your friends song….not too crazy rowdy…more of a bittersweet end of summer anthem.
“How She Rolls” another song with a rock n roll bite but the lyrics bring you right back to the country. This is a country girl he is singing about..no denying it. “My babys a hands in the air, a little crazy, sipping on coke and crown…that’s how she rocks and that’s how she rolls.”
“Jack Daniels and Jesus” actually surprised me by being more of a ballad, a song of lament. A man who sees himself for who he is and admits that he is at rock bottom but also realizes that there is some hope. Beautiful piano on this piece that elevates the song to a place where you wanna hear it again and really let it soak in.
“I want to do something different,” Rice maintains. “I don’t want to go out there and sing the same old thing. Whether it’s the way I sing it, what I’m singing about or the production of it, I want it to be something fresh and new. If people like it, then great. If people don’t, then great. I’m gonna do what I want to do.”