At this point you might think country superstar Lee Brice needs no introduction. A Grammy nominee and CMA and ACM award winner, Lee’s accolades and accomplishments since bursting onto the country scene in 2010 are numerous. They include 11 million in RIAA certified sales, with albums that spawned five platinum and double-platinum Number 1 singles on country radio.
Household names like Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney consider him a peer…each has recorded his songs. He’s performed for oceans of fans at festivals, packed arenas and has appeared on NBC’s Today, ABC’s The Bachelor and The Late Show with David Letterman. The New York Times called him an “evocative” vocalist, while USA Today named him, “one of the finest singer-songwriters country music has to offer.”
But those triumphs only tell a small fraction of Lee’s story. It’s the story of a businessman who finds time to build a brand like American Born whiskey in between concert dates, hit-writing sessions, and cutting soulful vocals in the studio. It’s the story of a family man, dedicated to raising two young boys, 9-year-old Takoda and 3-year-old Ryker, and new daughter Trulee Nanette, born in June, with wife Sara. It’s the story he tells in vivid dimension on Lee Brice, his most personal record to date.
On November 3rd, Lee unleashes the self-titled, self-co-produced fourth LP on Music Row flagship label Curb Records. The album’s first single, “Boy”…a charming tribute to his sons, who also appear in its endearing music video…is one of the album’s 15 striking tracks that take the listener on journeys to church, school, home and out on a Saturday night.
So, this album I wanted to be a real organic thing: I play 99% of the lead guitar, my band’s on it – and there’s even a Theremin, which I had to learn to play. When I started, I wanted this record to be groovy, stripped down to the message and the feel.”
They brim with wide-open emotional vocal performances, built atop a bedrock of thick grooves, squalling guitars, tumbling drums and sheets of steamy B-3 organ. The album’s big, bold, yet immediately accessible sound is sure to please fans of country gold like “Crazy Girl,” the 2011 country Number 1 Brice co-wrote with Liz Rose for the Eli Young Band. But Lee Brice also boasts a newfound simplicity to tracks like the real life “Songs In The Kitchen,” the soul-searching “What Keeps You Up At Night,” the loving reality check “Boy” and self-recognizing “I Don’t Smoke,” which scrapes Brice’s musical to the bone and features guitars by Warren Haynes.
There are no computer tricks, no artificial sounds. Songs that are pleasing to the heart — songs that make you feel something in your heart — they don’t need all that stuff,” Brice explains. “Even when it sounds like a computer, I promise, we figured out a way to make that sound. To me, being real was everything. I wanted to put a little piece of everything about me, everything I am on this record. No two songs are about the same things, but somehow it all hangs together.”
Music seems is genetically hard-wired into the father of three, the embodiment of that guy in the neighborhood everybody knows and loves. It’s what gives “The Locals” its sense of enjoying the ones who are happy right where they were born and raised…and captures the positive outlook in the face of adversity that tempers those facing life’s greatest challenges on the loping “Have a Good Day.”
“Lee Brice” Track Listing:
- What Keeps You Up At Night
- Little Things
- American Nights
- They Won’t Forget About Us
- I Don’t Smoke *Warren Haynes/Guitars
- You Can’t Help Who You Love
- The Locals
- Songs In The Kitchen
- Story To Tell (Little Bird)
- Have A Good Day
- Even With My Eyes Closed
- Dixie Highway
- Best Part Of Me
Lee performed to a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles last week and performs in New York City on October 19th. For a complete list of tour dates and all the latest information on Lee Brice, visit his website and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.