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Rice provides the necessary heat

Twin Eagles Creek Farm, somewhere near Nashville (livestream), December 13, 2020

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

Chase Rice decided to hold one of his livestreams during an especially cold night on his farm. When he took a break to let a couple special guests sing a few songs, the cigar he smoked may have been as much for warmth as it was for pleasure. When he was center stage, however, he let his band's fiery rocking country playing provide the necessary heat.

Rice's setlist didn't deviate much from his regular concert choices. He sang "Ready Set Roll," "Cruise" (the hit he wrote for Florida Georgia Line) and his tender love song "Forever To Go," the latter, a perfect wedding song. He had also hoped to have Florida Georgia Line there with him to perform his new single, "Drinkin' Beer. Talkin' God. Amen." However, he had to settle for a version with only his band backing him. This new work somehow mixes religion with a drinking song, which is quite a feat.

While Rice smoked that aforementioned stogie, Gavin DeGraw took the stage to sing a piano-backed version of his song "Soldier." DeGraw was preceded by Colbie Caillat, who sang the regretful "I Never Told You."

Rice's set was fun and filled with a few surprises, even though it was probably a little too cold for an outdoor show. Artistically, Rice's music likely appeals to fans of bro country, and those with only a passing interest in real country music. It was good if you go for that kind of thing. The only downside was the performance's overall darkness. Unlike an arena concert, with all its professional lighting, these illuminations were greatly missed for this show. Perhaps a warm, daytime livestream might be the best next move for Chase Rice.

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