You know that big note Lee Brice hits in the middle of “Love Like Crazy”? Turns out, that’s exactly what Lee does. Big sound. Practically wall to wall.
The song, currently in the top on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown, is the title track of Lee’s debut album, released June 8. He celebrated the project Wednesday with an album launch party at Nashville’s Tin Roof, just a few blocks from the home of his label, Curb Records. The crowd was, he noted several times, dominated by music-industry folks, though he was undeterred by their executive titles.
“We’re talkin’ about country music,” Lee said. “We’re talkin’ about rednecks.”
Lee trotted out a pre-teen kid to blow harmonica on one Foghat-like blues-rocker, and he bore through a 55-minute set that conjured up thoughts of the Allman Brothers Band, Confederate Railroad, Waylon Jennings, Molly Hatchet and Hank Williams Jr. The music was swampy, swaggering, grinding — and the volume was set at attack level.
Even the titles — including “Sumter County Friday Night,” “What Part Of Leave Me Alone Do You Not Understand” and “Upper Middle Class White Trash” — suggested loud and raucous. And they were. But so were the ballads. Lee trotted out several among the evening’s 11 songs, including “She Ain’t Right” and a couple of hits he wrote for other artists: Tim McGraw’s “Still” and Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory.”
“I still can’t believe it sometimes,” Lee said of the Garth cut. “I go to Wal-Mart just to see if it really happened to me.”
It did. And now Lee’s got his own album to look for in the music bins. In fact, you can he see how excited he was to find his debut CD in the marketplace by visiting Lee’s website. Lee wasn’t the only person who went to find the release. It debuted this week at No. 9 on the Billboard country albums sales chart.