- Friday, July 18, 2014 @ 3:15pm on the Main Stage
No matter how hard you look, you’ll never find a low fuel gauge when you’re around this rowdy, Carolina-raised country singer. It’s unbelievable how someone who recently decided to pursue his natural talents for the music arena already has a resume that reads like a rising country star. He’s balanced his academic endeavors alongside a successful career in college football, worked on the pit crew of a NASCAR points leader, and experienced the sharp knife of mortality with the loss of his father.
“I guess you can say that I have competition in my blood,” Chase Rice said. “My parents, my dad in particular, always pushed me and my brothers to never settle. I remember he promised us that the cancer he was battling would never take his life and he was right. I lost my shadow to stand in due to a heart attack, not his aggressive cancer.”
While Chase idolized singers like Garth Brooks from his childhood, he didn’t fully embrace the idea of a performance career until college. Throughout his high school and college years, he was a true sports fanatic. He landed a spot on the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill football team as a linebacker and would excel at the sport until an injury took him out of commission. “I remember how down I was when I couldn’t play anymore,” Chase said. “My dad, who wasn’t a huge Gators fan, bought me tickets to a Florida Gators game. I still have a hat that he purchased on that trip. It reminds me of how much my parents sacrificed and pushed to keep their kids in a positive mind set.”
This ultimate down home guy left the farm life in Asheville for the speed and adrenaline of the NASCAR circuit. Landing a spot on one of the most successful teams in the points race, Hendrick Motorsports, Chase would become the rear tire carrier for Ryan Newman’s Nationwide series car.
“Music is about having a good time, letting your worries go and just taking in every bit of life you can at that moment,” Chase said. “As my belt buckle beckons, ‘Cowboy Up!’ and just enjoy the ride.” The rest of the EP highlights the sacrifice of our military families on “Die Tryin” and the impressionable imprint that your parents leave on you in “My Old Man.”
When Chase isn’t opening for acts like Sara Evans, Uncle Kracker and Frankie Ballard, you’ll find him jamming on a guitar with his songwriting circle Jesse Rice, Brian Kelley, and Tyler Hubbard. “We write about our lives. When we hear a line that sparks our interests, you’ll see one of us typing it on our phones.”
Aside from the music, Chase is an avid hunter, athlete and outdoorsman. He’ll be stirrin’ up dirt on his four wheelers or layered in camo on deer, quail and pheasant hunting excursions. From the fields on his family farm to the fields of play at baseball and football arenas, Chase is a phene for America’s favorite past-times. He follows the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox in the spring and Florida Gators and Carolina Tarheels football in the fall. If anyone is prepared for the thick competition and tireless adventures of a rising country artist, it would be Chase. He’s set to hopefully fulfill the lines that are spoken near the end of his favorite movie, 8 Seconds: “And the dues he paid to get here are worth every sacrifice.”