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Chase Rice @ Rialto Theatre
June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 11:55 pm| $34 - $41
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.
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.”