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Interview:
Chase Rice at the Fillmore, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Though there's certainly room for more growth, Chase Rice has largely caught up to the country dream he's been, well, chasing,



Four albums into his recording career, the North Carolina native has a body of work that includes a platinum single (2013's "Ready Set Roll") and additional hits such as "Gonna Wanna Tonight" and the current "Eyes On You." He also co-wrote Florida George Line's "Cruise" and guested on Colt Ford's "The High Life."



Rice, 33, is currently wrapping up the cycle for his 2017 album "Lambs & Lions" and plotting what he's going to do next, but bringing his act to the stage is something that never requires a special reason...



Nearly 13 months after "Lambs & Lions'" release, Rice says by phone that he's "real proud of it, to be honest. I believe this is going to be a foundation of my career. Everything before this is a big part of that foundation, too, but I think this is the one that solidify that foundation. There's so much diversity, so many different kind of songs, and I'm proud of all of them. There isn't one song I look at and think, 'Dang, I shouldn't have put that out...' Now the idea is to build from this."



With the "Eyes On You" single continuing to climb the charts, Rice predicts that it, too, will become a key part of his story. "Big-time arena/stadium artists probably have nine or 10 songs they can look back on and say, 'That's what did it. That's what got me into these stadiums and arenas.' ('Eyes On You') could be the first of those for me. It's that big of a song. And it's about what a girl wants -- a guy to be missing everything 'cause he's so attracted to her.' And it's what guys want -- no matter how tough we act, we all want that woman who's gonna take our eyes, take our heart. At the end of the day we call it quits for her."



Rice's next plans include a deluxe edition of "Lambs & Lions" with additional material, while his fifth album is already in motion. "We've started writing, for sure. I wrote three (songs) last week and I think all three could go on (an album). I'm writing like crazy now. I think 'Eyes On You' is going to be huge, so we'll have to follow that and that'll be a challenge, but I'm really pumped about what we're doing now. I think there's some real next-level stuff coming."



Chase Rice performs Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $24.75-$59.50. $1 from each ticket will be donated to St. Jude's Hospital. 313-961-5441 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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