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Interview:
Chase Bryant hopes to "connect" with his first album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Even if he only performed for 25 minutes each night, spending last summer on the road with Tim McGraw was time well spent for Chase Bryant.

But the country up-and-comer is happy to be back out playing his own shows again.

"I didn't sweat enough on the Tim tour," Bryant -- who was born Chase Yaklin in Orange Grove, Texas -- says by phone from his home in Nashville. "that was the greatest tour of my entire life. The greatest time, too. But I was telling somebody earlier today, they asked, 'What's the difference about playing 75 to 90 minutes as compared to 25, and I don't think you find out how good you are in those (shorter) shows. You find out how good you aren't and you learn to make changes to have a crowd."

Bryant, 25, explains that the primary lesson of playing bigger venues with McGraw was learning how to make the most of limited resources -- in his case just two hit singles ("Take It On Back" and "Little Bit of You") from a five-song EP that came out in 2014. "YOu really have to make people understand there's so much more music and so much more to you," he says. "You really want to make them feel connected, and for me that was just creating moments and creating a big moment that people would remember and would last with them as they left."

Bryant's chief purpose now is to give those potential fans more music to come back to. "Little Bit of You" is currently climbing the charts, while Bryant and songwriter partner/producer Derek George are working on his first full-length album, which they hope to have out this year. But he says they're not rushing, either, favoring quality over expediency.

"I jsut want o make sure every song has its purpose on the record and we're putting all the right material on there, so right now we're just trying to firm that up," Bryant says. "I want people to listen to it as a record, as a whole album like they did in the 70s with Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty and people like that. I want them to turn it on and not have to skip to track three or six or nine or 11. I want 'em to go, 'I"m just gonna turn this record on and I'm gonna listen to this thing all the way through.

"So I want people to connect and live vicariously through that record. I want people to realize I'm just a normal guy with a guitar singing songs and telling other people's stories as well as my own. I want them to realize it's just real. So I won't put it out unless I feel that way about it first."

Chase Bryant

Thursday, Jan. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Coyote Joe's, 49440 Ryan Road, Shelby Township.

Tickets are $5.

Call 586-254-4666 or visit coyotejoes.com.


Web Site: www.coyotejoes.com

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