NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 21, 2013 - Relative mainstream newcomer Lee Brice has ridden a wave of chart-topping succes over the past year with his breakout album Hard 2 Love. Released last spring, the record has spawned two No. 1 hit songs, "A Woman Like You" and the title track, and his current single "I Drive Your Truck" is poised to hit the top of the Mediabase radio airplay tally in just a few short weeks.
In light of his meteoric rise to superstardom, Brice is still taking it all in. “I’m definitely enjoying the ride,” Brice tells the Norfolk Daily News. “I want to strike while the iron is hot and hope that I can continue to get a good response.”
He adds, “It’s really gratifying not only for me, but for management and the band, too. Everyone has worked so hard and has put a lot of time in over the years. It’s a great feeling when you finally reach that level.”
In 2010, Brice released his debut album Love Like Crazy -- resulting in the platinum-selling title track and a Top 40 hit “Beautiful Every Time.” As comes with age and maturity, he notes that the first release was certainly a necessary lesson in his career trajectory. “That first record was a definite learning process,” he explains. “We made it over several years, and it covered many different stages of my life.”
“I think ‘Hard 2 Love’ is how you’re supposed to do an album,” he continues. “It’s a picture of my life over a year and shows where I am now and what my priorities are.”
The guitar-toting musician recently wrapped up a score of dates on Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley's Locked & Reloaded Tour. "I respect them so much as people and artists and entertainers," he tells The Boot. "They are two of my favorites. Dierks is so easygoing, such a fun guy and so humble. Miranda kicks so much ass. They're just real people and I was happy to be part of that tour. We had such a good time."
"Playing in an arena is very different from being in a small venue like a club," he says. "I have played before big crowds but it never hurts to see how someone else handles it and learn from them."
Later this year, Brice will join Brad Paisley's upcoming Beat This Summer Tour. "I'm gonna continue to keep rocking through the year," he says. "I've got Brad Paisley all year beginning in May and going through October. Chris Young is on that tour too. Being out with Brad is gonna be an experience that I'll have with me all the rest of my life. I'm really excited about that."
Fans can next see Brice in Norfolk, Neb., on Saturday, March 23. Then, he heads to Rootstown, Ohio, on March 28, and Renfro Valley, Ky., the following night.