Don't let the title fool you. Lee Brice's "Drinking Class" is not a Solo cups-in-the-air novelty song. Instead, it's an anthemic salute to working class Americans — who, come Friday at 5 p.m., have seriously earned what's in their Solo cups.
"I wanted to pay tribute to the hard working men and women who get up every day and work hard to provide for their families," says the South Carolina native. "It's where I come from and where my heart is."
The song's brand-new music video (above) couples the mid-tempo tune with a vicarious day in the life of blue-collar workers. It begins with a dark dawn to complement the tune's mellow opening, interweaving the lives of truckers, construction workers, and waitresses as they get ready to confront the drudgery of the day. Armed with coffee and cigarettes, the sundry series of devoted laborers meet daybreak engrossed in the daily grind, eventually seeking respite in pool halls, bowling alleys, and bonfires over celebratory drinks of moonshine and beer. Brice periodically emerges among his comrades, sporting a backwards ball cap as he belts out impassioned lyrics.
Written by Josh Kear, David Frasier and Ed Hill, the single offers a good balance between the heartfelt ballads on Brice's I Don't Dance album and its hard-partying country-rockers. In sequencing the album — something with which he took great pain doing — Brice looked to his musical hero. "I love records that flow and never lose you," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "It's like going to a show. Garth Brooks will come out and do four or five uptempos, and then the show rests…. And then he comes back out in your face again. A record should be that way, too."
"Drinking Class" is the second single off Brice's latest album. It follows the chart-topping, CMA-nominated title track.