Appalachian Fair Week has been a busy one for the folks at Country’s Chatter. We attended 12 shows in six nights; took hundreds of photos, listened to some great music, and met some of the industry’s nicest people. We’ve got the entire week out of order, having posted only Tyler Farr (Monday’s headliner), and Parmalee (Wednesday night) so far. There’s a lot to tell you about – and todayu, we’re jumping to Friday to tell you all about Chase Rice.
Not being a fan of reality television, it wasn’t until Chase started his country music career that I had a clue who he was. We started getting press releases about this young man and his music, and of course there was mention of his being one of the cast members of the television reality show Survivor, Friday night was my first opportunity to see him on stage.
I had listened to his album, which released on Aug. 19, so I had some idea what I was going to hear when Chase took the stage on Friday night. I don’t remember ever being that young and having that much energy. Chase is fun to watch. He connects with his audience with the first smile, and keeps the crowd involved straight through to the last note of the last song.
Being an ‘older’ fan, there was some of the music that I liked a lot, and some that really didn’t work for me. But, I’m sure that is to be expected with every artist in every genre. I do have to tell you though – “Jack Daniels and Jesus” is a wonderful song. It’s one Chase wrote. A great story put to music. It’s very thought-provoking, and is probably the one on my CD that will wear out before the rest of the album does. It’s going to get played a lot!
I was really pleased to see that Chase had a special price on that newly released CD. Many of us who got the CD at retail stores on the August 19 release date paid between eight and 10 dollars for it (including tax, depending where we bought it). Chase had them at the show, at the merchandise table, for fans who attended that night for only five dollars! I think that was awesome! So many artists use that merchandise table to inflate the price of their merchandise, knowing fans are going to get caught up in the show, and want a CD to take home with them. But chase actually had them for less than the retail stores! I’m sure this was some kind of special price, but for however long he keeps it at that low price, I applaud him for doing so.
I do have one one tiny suggestion though – it was about the meet and greet. I know sometimes there are too many people in a meet and greet line for the artist to offer both an autograph, and a photo taken with the fan. But, I think if there is only time for one of those things – autograph or photo; that it would be nice to give the fan the choice. I am sure 90 to 100 percent of the people In that line would want the photo with the artist. Then, there is that other few (like me), who would prefer an autographed picture to put in my photo album. I don’t need my picture taken with these artists – most of them are younger than my children. While I admire their talent, and have a truck load of respect for what they do, I really don’t need my picture taken with them. So, keep in mind guys, some of the country music loving, ‘Grandmoms’ in that meet and greet line would prefer an autograph.
Chase had four great musicians on stage with him. Jeremy Robertson, drums; Brandon Autry, lead guitar; Derrick Royer, rhythm guitar; and Marcello Bakos on bass. Chase, and the band, were all very comfortable in front of the crowd, they worked hard, and enjoyed what they were doing. And, as I said early – this was a fun show to watch. I really enjoyed his cover of Garth Brooks, “The Dance”. A lot of what Chase does is more ‘rock’ than I am, but all in all – it was a good show. After listening to the album again, I have decided my favorite Chase Rice songs are “What’s Your Name,” “Carolina Can,” “Beach Town,” “Ready Set Roll”, and my very favorite, “Jack Daniels and Jesus”.
I’m gong to close with a few more pictures from Friday’s show, and be back very soon with more from the 2014 Appalachian Fair!
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