Chase Rice has established himself as a no-holds-barred artist, as forthright on stage as he is off, constantly finding creative ways to engage with fans and deliver authentic experiences driven by music. Having launched his 2017 tour with back-to-back sold-out shows at the newly built House of Blues in Anaheim, Calif. and returned from a successful Canadian run, Rice veered off the beaten path over the weekend to play his first three “Pub Shows” at select venues throughout Georgia.
Rice named the limited series of underplays after his own “Pub 44” backstage hang, re-creating the intimate, feel-good vibes of his early dive-bar-playing days. All three of the weekend’s shows in Rome, Valdosta, and Columbus, Ga. were packed to capacity as die-hard fans heard several new songs from Rice’s forthcoming studio album live for the first time.
“We always know we’re in for a good time when we play Georgia,” said Rice. “They show up and sing every note of every song — even the ones we haven’t played much yet. Even as we’re still working on the next album, we’re able to perform some of these new songs and see how fans are reacting to them in real time, which is really cool and just goes to show that we’re all in this thing together.”
True to his word, Rice recently released the reflective new song, “If I’m Bein’ Honest,” direct to fans via streaming and digital platforms to give them the first listen and share new music with them immediately as anticipation for the new album continues to build. Rice penned the song himself while on tour in Southern California and was so inspired that he tracked down a local recording studio to record the song and release it – all of which he accomplished in less than 24 hours, from strumming the first guitar chords to releasing it into the world.
Rice will perform his second series of Pub Shows later this week, with sold-out stops in Lansing, Mich.; Iowa City, Iowa; and Lincoln, Neb. For ticketing information and upcoming tour dates, visit www.chaserice.com or follow on Twitter @ChaseRiceMusic and Facebook.com/ChaseRiceMusic.