OTTUMWA — Lee Brice and his crew are bringing pure country to Bridge View Center this Sunday.
Brice grew up at a South Carolina boy with a joint love of music and football. But he knew music was his future.
The country singer is also a fan of Warren Haynes and Edwin McCain. He said they both contributed to his new album.
Brice’s love of country came from Aunt Henrietta and her singing. Country was an obvious choice from taping songs off the radio.
“I fell in love with Willie Nelson’s "The Great Divide," and I wore the tape out of Garth’s (Brooks) first record,” said Brice
But country wasn’t the only genre he listened to.
“Sister Hazel, Hootie & the Blowfish, the Allman Brothers, Tom Petty — beyond all the church music I was raised with,” Brice said. “I also listen to everything from hip-hop to southern rock, to country, pop and rock and roll. There’s so much to appreciate about every genre.”
Brice and the band try to integrate different styles and instruments into the set. He wants to pay homage to the music he listened to as he grew up.
“My musical upbringing is so different, it’s hard to explain to people,” Brice said. “I’ve listened to things most people never heard of, a lot of gospel quartets: Gold City, the Gaither Vocal Band.”
The “Love Like Crazy” singer said he misses his wife Sara and their three children, but he loves touring. His favorite part is the fans.
“Hearing, in meet-and-greets or online, what these songs mean to them (fans); what they’ve helped them get through,” said Brice. “Whether it’s 'I Drive Your Truck' — which is such a personal song about coping with loss, to 'I Don’t Dance' and 'Boy' which are tributes to people we love — it’s just amazing to get to connect with people through song.”
Tickets to the concert can be purchased through Bridge View Center. Brice and his team said to check out www.leebrice.com for concert, music, merchandise or any questions.
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