Lee Brice

A burly country-rock songwriter with endless gruff, Southern charm, Lee Brice is renowned as a blue-collar Nashville troubadour who tells backwater stories of heartbreak, hell-raising and old testament redemption. Growing up in South Carolina, he sang and played piano in baptist churches, listened obsessively to his aunt's Willie Nelson records and taped gospel groups off the radio, before leaving his tiny rural town of Sumter to pursue an American Football scholarship at Clemson University. A serious arm injury ended his sporting career, but Brice soon headed to Nashville and, by the late 2000s, was penning songs for Sister Hazel, Jason Aldean and Keith Gattis. Things really took off when he co-wrote 'More Than a Memory' for his hero Garth Brooks, and Brice later made his name as a performer when his single 'Love Like Crazy' became a long-running, radio favourite and one of the most recognisable country hits of 2010. His second album 'Hard 2 Love' produced his first number one single 'A Woman Like You', but it was his track 'I Drive Your Truck' which told the poignant, real life story of a soldier killed in Afghanistan and his father - who found comfort in driving his son's pick-up truck - that stood out and was named Song of the Year by the Country Music Association. He returned in 2014 with a more raucous set of hard swigging party tunes on 'I Don't Dance', which topped the US Country Charts, before reflecting on his life, marriage and family on his most mature and personal album 'Lee Brice' in 2017.

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