Lynchburg Concerts, Phase 2, and New Country 107.9 YYD Present
HILL CITY JAM 2018 Featuring CHASE RICE
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$5.00 - $55.00
This event is all ages
- This Event will be held OUTSIDE at Phase 2. The Forecast is Sunny with Temperatures in the 80s and less than a 10% Chance of Rain!
- Food, Drinks, and Local Vendors will be available On-Site. PLUS: A Mechanical Bull!
- CHASE RICE's Debut Album was certified Gold, placing #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and producing Platinum Singles "Gonna Wanna Tonight" and "Ready Set Roll", as well as the Viral Hit "Ride".
- Chase Rice recently released his sophomore album. The lead single, "Three Chords & The Truth", is soaring up the Radio Charts, while "Eyes On You" is rapidly building in popularity, as a staple of Spotify's Hot Country Playlist.https://www.lynchburgconcerts.com/event/1654627/
The past few years have been monumental ones for Rice: following the release of Ignite the Night, the 31-year-old budding superstar toured the world with four massive headlining tours and stadium-show opening runs for country megastars including Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley. “I was just having fun. I was riding the wave,” he says.
Most recently, Rice released a new single from his forthcoming studio album, “Everybody We Know Does,” a rowdy rocker he says instantly took him back in his mind to the Fairview, North Carolina farm on which he was raised. “I wanted to have an in-the-moment song of what me and my friends do and how we live,” he says of the song, which his ultra-dedicated fanbase has already responded to with adoration. “People showing up, being so passionate about my music, that makes me proud of this life and what we – my band, my team and I – have built, man,” he continues. “When crowds are showing up singing non-singles louder than the singles, that gives me the confidence that they’ve got my back and that these songs are their lives, too.”
Despite his swelling popularity, Rice still says he sees himself and his longtime band as underdogs. It’s a healthy mindset, he says, that keeps the fire burning in his belly. “It allows you to still have that drive, still have that reason to keep trying to move forward and make the music better,” he explains. “When I’m the underdog, look out. When someone tells me we’re not going to do something, you’d better get your ass ready, because we’re gonna do it!”
Rice admits the enormous success of the Gold-certified Ignite the Night caught him by surprise. It’s not that he wasn’t confident in his songs, he says, but rather that the project was him “throwing darts on a map and seeing where we were gonna go.” Still, even as his career exploded, Rice says the death of his father when the singer was only 22 loomed large. Turning to God and, in turn, releasing himself of the associated burden of his pain gave him permission to be his best self. “You’d be shocked at the amount of pressure it
takes off your shoulders,” he says. It also freed him up to follow his creative muse like never before. “Someone who is lost is going to follow the crowd,” Rice says. “Someone who knows where they’re going and is their own person is going to chart their own course.”
“It’s still a continuous climb up the mountain,” Rice, who says he’s never been more “open and honest” in song, says of evolving his craft and looking forward to what the future holds for him. Ask him though what propels him forward and the country star will tell you it’s undoubtedly a continuous drive to prove his earliest fans right. “You guys chose to bet on me as one of your favorite artists back when it was just 500 people in a room,” he wants them to know. “I told you we were doing this thing and that I couldn’t do it without you. And now we’re doing it!”
Rutledge is known for putting on high-energy live shows. They are immediately recognizable by their edgy, powerful sound that fits in, but doesn’t blend in. Each member of the band brings something different to the stage - from stoic members to high energy rock and roll members, the vibe between the players makes for an unbelievable live performance.
In 2011, Rutledge released their first music video for their single “I Love My Life” to rave reviews. Their music video for their single “July “ generated thousands of YouTube views in the first week. Most recently released, “Rub a Little Dirt on It” is generating chatter from across the country.
“One of our strengths is that we write our own songs. Our songs are original, familiar and make the listener feel something. I dare you not to be humming the chorus by the end of one of our songs,” says Rutledge.
Other members of the band include Brian Holt on guitar, ganjo and backing vocals, Jason Weeks on guitar, Brett Fulghum on drums, Andy Neikirk on bass and backing vocals, and Roger Rutledge on keys and backing vocals.
When asked about what advice they would give to new artists, Rutledge explains “Don't give up - its an up and down ride. There will be highs and lows EVERYDAY, so just ride em’ out… surround yourself with good people who are great at what they do. Step outside your comfort zone, and of course, believe in yourself.”
Rutledge will continue to record and play to packed venues as they advance their career.
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