102.5 The Bull Presents: Chase Rice – Tickets – Iron City – Shows – Birmingham, AL – May 11th, 2017

102.5 The Bull Presents: Chase Rice

102.5 The Bull Presents: Chase Rice

Ryan Kinder

Thursday, May 11th 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Iron City - Shows

Birmingham, AL

$30.00 - $35.00

This event is all ages

Chase Rice
Chase Rice
When he takes the stage to perform, Chase Rice pulls no punches. "You're gonna be mine and I'm gonna be yours for an hour and a half. We're gonna be in each other's face. If you don't like that, walk out the door." It's his M.O: take it or leave it. Yes, the budding country star means business when he performs. And the crowds that dutifully yell every damn word back his way? They don't seem to mind one bit. "I'm looking for
people who are looking to have the best night of their entire life," Rice says of his raucous, get-down-or-get-out live ragers. "If you aren't here to party, I'm gonna make you party!"
Truthful, unfiltered, unafraid to take every risk he encounters, Chase Rice is that rare artist who means what he says and backs it up with equal measure. "I'm going to speak the truth any way I can," says the singer-songwriter, who, without a song on mainstream radio, saw his 2013 Ready Set Roll EP top the iTunes Country charts and when its titular single hit the radio waves, he watched it climb up the Billboard charts and hit Gold
before it even entered the Top 20, ultimately peaking in the Top 5 and scoring Platinum sales.
Don't tell this man it's good enough, however. "Whatever it is. I've always been of the mindset of 'Let's move on to the next one,'" says the 29-year-old, hell-bent and firm in
his resolve. "I've always been the guy to say 'I promise you that's not going to be my biggest accomplishment in music.'"
As if on cue, Rice, who co-wrote the Hot 100-busting Florida Georgia Line single "Cruise," is rearing back for more with his new full-length, major-label LP Ignite The Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre
chart. It's a genre-busting bruiser of an album that tackles tube tops and tears in equal measure, out via Columbia Nashville and his own Dack Janiels label. Rice laughs. "I wanted to push this album to a whole other level," he says, and with wickedly racy songs like "Ride" buttressed up against sentimental, reflective charmers like "Carolina Can," Rice is backing up his claim.
It's a sonic free-for-all, Ignite The Night: see the electronic-drenched "Ready Set Roll;" or the big-buck arena-rock bombast "50 Shades of Crazy;" even the swampy-bluesmeets-hip-hop
banger "Do It Like This" or the softer, mid-tempo ballad (and current single), "Gonna Wanna Tonight."
"The sales and crowd singing back to me show that I am doing something right," Rice offers. "And I can just keep giving the cold-shoulder to popular opinion."
"Honestly, from day one I wasn't going to let anybody tell me this wasn't gonna work," Rice says continuing, recounting several years spent pounding the pavement, slowly elevating his shows from small-club gigs on the back of his 2012 album, Dirt Road
Communion, to opening slots on an arena tour with Dierks Bentley. "I don't care if people call me 'bro-country' or they call me hip-hop or rock. All I care about is if I walk onstage and people are screaming every word back to me."
Along the way, as he says, Rice transformed himself from "underground" to "that star, or whatever you want to call it." Clearly, fame, and all its superfluous trappings, as far as
Rice is concerned, means little to him. It's all about hitting the stage, delivering the goods and heading on his way. "I'll never consider myself famous, but that's what people are saying, so whatever," he says, chuckling. "We've gone from that underground artist to 'Oh, that's Chase Rice, that guy who's on the radio.' And once you get on the radio you better hold on tight!"
Rice's live show is an adrenaline shot of energy, conservative standards be damned. He takes cues, in this regard, from his idols like Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney and, before them, the Highway Outlaws: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash.
"They didn't call themselves that," he says of the Outlaws. "They were that because they basically gave the finger to everyone telling them how to do it. Garth, the same thing: he wanted his live show to be like Kiss."
Quite simply, don't expect this Florida-born, North Carolina-raised, football-playing, music-loving firestarter to go all Hollywood "I'm going to try to cling as tight as I can to the other side of it – the non-fame, the underground," he explains. Because as soon as you start thinking of yourself as famous or a big deal, there's probably a mountain you're about to fall down real quick. No matter how big fame gets, I've got friends to kick my ass if I start getting out of line."
Rice, who following a football scholarship at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, and a stint working on a NASCAR pit crew, decamped to Nashville and began writing with the members of Florida Georgia Line, always had a knack when growing up for recognizing what makes a quality song. But it was journaling in high school, a practice he's maintained even as his touring life got crazy and hectic, that helped him evolve into an artist with whom Nashville's most elite song crafters are eager to break bread. "I've got literally eight stacks of my life in these books," he says of his ever-mounting journals.
"And it's just my life. I've tried to do it every day. That started the process of my mind working. It's allowed me to let my mind go. I can let the good out, let the bad out, write it down."
The success of "Cruise" didn't hurt his reputation as a stellar songwriter. And while he's quick to acknowledge an immense pride for being a part of the hit single – "Hell yeah, I'm pumped about 'Cruise!' It's one of the coolest things that's ever happened to me" – with Ignite The Night in his back pocket, Rice is confident we haven't seen anything yet.
"I've always been of the mindset – it's from football – if you win a game against Miami, you've got to go play Virginia Tech next week. Let's write something better. Let's write something more meaningful."
And so Rice continues to hit the studio, take the stage each night, view each day as an opportunity to make his mark. "I'm happy with how it's going," he says modestly of a career about to blow. "I'm very happy with doing my club shows right now. I mean, George Strait didn't get to number one in a year."
"Head down, eyes up," says Rice of what lies ahead. "Keep on going."
Ryan Kinder
Ryan Kinder
When heartbreak hits, how do you handle it? Do you crumble and leave your dreams in the dust? Or do you pick yourself up and make something out of the rubble? For Warner Music Nashville artist Ryan Kinder, the choice has always been clear: Keep running. Keep fighting for your next chance. And that heartbreak? It'll make a great song someday.

Kinder's ability to authentically connect with country music listeners is already proven: When his voice first hit SiriusXM The Highway in 2014 with "Kiss Me When I'm Down" – a deeply personal slow-burn full of unforgettable images – on-air host Storme Warren told listeners, "You're witnessing the birth of one of the greatest artists to come from Music Row." Rooted in the singer-songwriter traditions where Kinder got his start, that song set the stage for what's to come.

"I always gravitate towards heartbreak," Kinder confesses, and indeed, his work often betrays an old soul. That may be because he's already been doing this for close to half his life.

Born in Knoxville, TN, Kinder grew up the youngest of three in Birmingham. From childhood, his life revolved around baseball, until he was cut freshman year of high school. Just like that, he'd lost his first love. Guitar quickly rushed in to fill the void. "I had nothing to do," he remembers, "so I poured it all into guitar. I remember hearing John Mayer's Room for Squares, and that was the 'ah-ha' moment. I learned that whole album, and then jumped into Dave Matthews and Keith Urban." By 15, Kinder played anywhere he could, be it church, school, or bars, where his father had to chaperone. "I would drive to Auburn, then drive back to go to high school in the morning," he says. "I had to grow up really quick."

Upon his high school graduation, Kinder headed for the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he played gigs three to four nights a week to help cover tuition. His sophomore year, a friend of a friend introduced him to award-winning producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band). After their first meeting, Stegall invited Kinder to come up to Nashville, a trip he started making once a week.

"I would play gigs Wednesday through Saturday. On Sunday I would drive up to Nashville to write, drive back Monday night, and then school Tuesday through Thursday, over and over," says Kinder. The schedule was unsustainable, and his grades suffered as a result. The whole story might have come to a predictable end right there, but Kinder was on a collision course with a day that would change his college town - and his life - forever.

On April 27, 2011, an EF4 tornado ripped across Tuscaloosa, killing 64 people, including six of Kinder's fellow students at the University of Alabama. "Meteorologists knew it was coming for a week," says Kinder. "They predicted it: On April 27th, it's gonna happen. Nobody really believed it." And yet the morning of the storm, the school cancelled all classes; Kinder, a junior, stayed home and played video games, while his neighbors hosted a tornado party out in the street. "I kept looking outside, and one time I looked out and everybody was just scattering," Kinder remembers. "I looked over my house, and there's the tornado. I got my roommate and my other roommate's dog, and we got in the closet because we didn't have a basement. The power went out, and all of a sudden I could feel the house sucking in. I was sure it was going to hit us, and it was going to be over. But for some reason it passed the other way."

The storm quieted. Kinder ventured outside and saw chaos. "There was a car in the pool," he says. "There was a car in a tree, and there was a lady sitting on the curb. I ran up to her and said 'Ma'am, are you okay? Do you live here?' She goes, 'No, I live about three blocks down. That's my car. I was in it.' I just started running." Kinder's girlfriend, Heather – now his wife – was on campus; between them was an apartment complex that had been leveled. Kinder stayed at the complex for three hours, pulling people from the rubble. When he finally found Heather, he brought her back to his house, which had suffered the least damage of anyone they knew. Kinder and a friend in ROTC went back out to try and help people, but, as he remembers, "When we got to where we thought we could help, there was nothing to help. There was nothing there." Two days later, when the roads finally cleared, he packed his bags and headed to Nashville for good.

"Life's too short," Kinder says of his decision to leave Alabama and chase his dream. "I didn't want to be there. Stuff had started moving forward with Keith and we were talking about a record, about signing with a label. I guess [the tornado] was the final heartbreak. That was the last straw that made me go all in."

He signed his first publishing deal and kept his busy schedule of bar gigs until 2014, when his burgeoning success in Music City forced him to stop. He even signed a record deal, releasing "Kiss Me When I'm Down" to radio before enduring yet another blow when the label folded in the middle of his first radio tour. In the aftermath, Kinder had promised shows to stations who'd already added the song, so he self-financed the rest of the trip. "I promised I was going to come play," he shrugs. Finances dwindled. With $20 left in his pocket, Kinder began preparing for reality. "I thought I was getting a job driving for Uber," Kinder says. "I literally cleaned out my car, had the meeting ready to go… and then we played the CMA Fest and [Warner Nashville president] John Esposito came backstage. He said, 'Hey Ryan, I'm going to sign you in two weeks.'" After everything he'd been through, what was Kinder's reaction?

"I laughed at him," he says.

But the signing was no joke.

Shortly after, He signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell, built relationships, including songwriters like Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne, Tom Douglas and kept a busy touring schedule scoring opening slots with Zac Brown Band, Brett Eldredge, and Tim McGraw.

As Kinder preps his full-length debut with award-winning producer Paul Worley, he has no plans to change the grounded, wise-beyond-his-years subject matter that brought him this far. "I think it's okay to have a soft side," says Kinder, and he lets it all out on "Tonight," a "drunk and heartbroken" anthem that showcases his one-of-a-kind vocals accompanied by a guitar line that both fits and transcends the current Country music landscape. "I'm singing with my guitar as much as I am with my voice," he explains. "I've tried to incorporate a little jazz, some rock, and a lot of blues into country. My voice and the way I play guitar wouldn't have been acceptable five, ten years ago – but honestly and inherently, country is blues. And being able to tell your story through a song? That's country to me."

Most of all, says Kinder, he wants his music to be there for the joy, the heartbreak, and everything in between. "I want people to have memories about when they heard my song for the first time," he says. "I want to make a soundtrack for people's lives."