Listening to … Chase Rice, ‘Ready Set Roll’

Chase Rice performs on stage the House of Blues on Saturday November 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.  © AP/Invision photo by Paul A. Hebert.

Chase Rice performs on stage the House of Blues on Saturday November 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif. © AP/Invision photo by Paul A. Hebert.

Reading Chase Rice‘s biography after a few listens to his 2013 EP Ready Set Roll, it is no surprise to find Rice was a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s Cruise.

The six-song EP — seven if you get a physical copy — is the epitome of bro country with songs about partying, beer, trucks, pretty girls and sex (you have another interpretation of Country in Ya?), a bunch of product placement and not much else.

Chase Rice album coverIf you are into this brand of young, male escapism, you are going to love it when Rice hits the Red, White & Boom stage at 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

Rice has already had a remarkable number of vocations including University of North Carolina football player, NASCAR pit crew member and Survivor competitor.

He has been working at his country career for a while with two EP’s and the 2012 album Dirt Road Communion to his credit. His new album, Ignite the Night, comes out next month.

You have to hope there will be a little more variety than we get on Ready Set Roll, and the EP’s best track holds out some hope.

Jack Daniels and Jesus, only available on physical copies of the record, is something of a bro confessional that all the whiskey and one night stands have taken their toll, and Rice gives an outstanding performance on the song. It’s the tune that gives you a sense Rice has greater depth and could have a career ahead of him after country’s bromance is over.

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