For up and coming country singer Chase Bryant, being on tour with Tim McGraw is a chance to win some fans and study a master up close.
"He's a great guy in general, and he does such a great show," Bryant, 22, says by phone during a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland. "There's so many chances to learn from him. Definitely the biggest part is just watching the shows, understanding why he is who he is. If you watch him play live, the transitions from song to song, the amount of hits he has...It's just great music, y'know? You know why he's as big as he is.
"So I'm just taking it all in and having a great time."
At "the beginning stages of my career," the Texas-born Bryant is an eager student who's already had a few lessons along the way. He's the grandson of Roy Orbison band member Jimmy Bryant, and two of his uncles founded the group Ricochet. Bryant released a self-titled debut EP last year, from which he scored the Top 20 country hit "Take It On Back."
"Tim's tour manager always make a joke with me; 'Make sure to bring out some of the old ones,'" Bryant says with a laugh. "Of course, I have no old ones, but what's funny is I hope 30 years from now somebody tells me that, and that I have a lot of old ones to bring out. I can't wait to get to the next level. It's just going to take a lot of hard work and determination."
Towards that end Bryant is working on his debut full-length, which he says is "pretty much done" but waiting for his new single, "Little Bit of You," to climb the charts and build on the momentum of "Take It On Back." The album itself, he says, is, "a roller coaster. It's got ups and downs, songs that make you want to cry, songs that make you want to have a drink with your buddy, songs that make you fall in love.
"That's what a roller coaster does. It's highs and lows, which was exciting to me in making the record. I didn't want to make a record that was one-dimensional; I want to make a record that's Chase Bryant, that has three dimensions and has great music that can maybe change somebody's life. That's shooting big, but that's what great music should do, I think."
Mb>Tim McGraw, Billy Currington and Chase Bryant
7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.
Tickets are $71.75 pavilion, $30.75 lawn.
Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.
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