Chase Rice is currently on Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival tour, but that didn’t stop him from taking the night off to make a stop to shake up the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale, PA.
Chase Rice has built up a phenomenally large and diverse fan base in a short period of time. His latest album Ignite The Night debuted at #1 on Billboard’s top country album chart. His first single “Ready Set Roll” may of only peaked at #5 on the charts but it garnered him a platinum certified single. His latest single “Gonna Wanna Tonight” is also on its way to be a success with its rising top 20 status.
Rice is a well known song writer in Nashville and has co-written hits such as Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise.” Which was the most downloaded song in the history of country music to date. He also co-wrote all but four of the 19 songs on his current release, Ignite The Night.
The crowd at the Wayne County Fair was just as diverse as his fan base. Young and old were seated impatiently as they awaited Rice’s set to begin. Before the lights went out you could see the band gather together on the side of the stage to give each other words of encouragement. Once they were ready the lights went down and the intro music began, forcing everyone to their feet in excitement. Rice’s band came out one by one then when they began playing “Do It Like This,” then Rice took the stage and immediately captivated every audience member’s attention. And he didn’t let go of it until the very end.
Audience members were able to contain themselves at their assigned seats for about a song, but after Rice started into his second song “50 Shades Of Crazy,” the people on the track all rushed the stage to get closer to their current obsession. Rice reveled in the crowd’s “rebellion” and told everyone to come on up. This invitation was exactly the right thing to do, because the closer his fans were to him, the more Rice lit up with excitement and joy.
Rice reigned the stage for over an hour. He stuck to songs from his latest album “Ignite The Night” but also threw an older song “I Like Drinking, Cause Its Fun” from his “Dirt Road Communion” album. Rice rounded out his set with crowd favorites from Ignite The Night including, “Going Out,” “Look At My Truck,” “U Turn” and “Carolina Can.”
He slowed it down and sat on stage alone with just him and his guitar to play “Jack Daniels & Jesus,” a song that he wrote when he lost his father. He then brought a young lady on stage to serenade her with his cover of Somo’s “Ride,” in which during the song he joked with her and how her boyfriend was going to be so mad he didn’t come to the show. Towards the end of their set, Rice and his band went into a montage of covers. Garth Brook’s “Low Places” was among one of the songs, Rice of course threw in the popular third verse. They also did a few Blink 182 covers and a snippet of Puddle of Mudd’s “She Hates Me.”
When Rice came back for the encore people were expecting him end with “Ready Set Roll” but he threw in a surprise performance of his song “Cruise” that he co-wrote with Florida Georgia Line before closing his set with it.
Rice captivated everyone from the grandstand down to everyone in the front row at the Wayne County Fair that night. He held their attnetion the entire duration of his set and never stopped interacting with them. His ability to work the crowd, plus his energy and pure happiness of being there made this country concert one for the books for everyone who was in attendance.
Chase Rice will continue his tour with Kenny Chesney through the remainder of the summer and then he will begin his headlining JD and Jesus Tour this fall with The Cadillac Three. Get more info on his website here.