Chase Rice is talking like a new believer after a year of upheaval that saw him leaving Columbia to sign with Broken Bow Records in June. His first single from his upcoming album shows that the North Carolinian has taken a hard left from his bro-country days to arrive at the impassioned “Three Chords & the Truth.”
“I’m very proud of [2014’s Ignite the Night], but I didn’t have a clue what I was doing on that record,” Rice told Rolling Stone Country in June. “I was just throwing a bunch of stuff on a wall and seeing what stuck. There is some stuff on there that is the same old shit and I’m tired of that. They’re finally going to see the me I want them to see.”
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“Three Chords & the Truth” is a Nashville song through and through – from its Harlan Howard-referencing title to mentions of downtown’s Broadway and the country music standards heard from its honky tonks any day of the week. Written by Rice, with Ross Copperman (Dierks Bentley’s “Black”) and Jon Nite (Darius Rucker’s “If I Told You”), the single is more earnest than anything off his party-oriented debut, with the 31-year-old singing, “It’s why we drink too much on Friday nights / Raise our hand in the neon lights / ‘Copperhead Road’ and ‘Mama Tried’ / I could sing along till the day I die.”
Rice’s Broken Bow debut Lambs & Lions is slated for release on September 29th. He will tour behind his new material on a 38-date run from September to January 2018, including stops in England and Ireland.