Event Details

Chase Rice - Lambs & Lions Tour

AC Entertainment & Live Nation Presents

Chase Rice - Lambs & Lions Tour

Sam Riggs

Thu, October 26, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Minglewood Hall

Memphis, TN

$25.00 - $30.00

This event is all ages

Chase Rice
Chase Rice
When he takes the stage to perform, Chase Rice pulls no punches. "You're gonna be
mine and I'm gonna be yours for an hour and a half. We're gonna be in each other's face.
If you don't like that, walk out the door." It's his M.O: take it or leave it. Yes, the
budding country star means business when he performs. And the crowds that dutifully
yell every damn word back his way? They don't seem to mind one bit. "I'm looking for
people who are looking to have the best night of their entire life," Rice says of his
raucous, get-down-or-get-out live ragers. "If you aren't here to party, I'm gonna make
you party!"
Truthful, unfiltered, unafraid to take every risk he encounters, Chase Rice is that rare
artist who means what he says and backs it up with equal measure. "I'm going to speak
the truth any way I can," says the singer-songwriter, who, without a song on mainstream
radio, saw his 2013 Ready Set Roll EP top the iTunes Country charts and when its titular
single hit the radio waves, he watched it climb up the Billboard charts and hit Gold
before it even entered the Top 20, ultimately peaking in the Top 5 and scoring Platinum
sales.
Don't tell this man it's good enough, however. "Whatever it is. I've always been of the
mindset of 'Let's move on to the next one,'" says the 29-year-old, hell-bent and firm in
his resolve. "I've always been the guy to say 'I promise you that's not going to be my
biggest accomplishment in music.'"
As if on cue, Rice, who co-wrote the Hot 100-busting Florida Georgia Line single
"Cruise," is rearing back for more with his new full-length, major-label LP Ignite The
Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre
chart. It's a genre-busting bruiser of an album that tackles tube tops and tears in equal
measure, out via Columbia Nashville and his own Dack Janiels label. Rice laughs. "I
wanted to push this album to a whole other level," he says, and with wickedly racy songs
like "Ride" buttressed up against sentimental, reflective charmers like "Carolina Can,"
Rice is backing up his claim.
It's a sonic free-for-all, Ignite The Night: see the electronic-drenched "Ready Set Roll;"
or the big-buck arena-rock bombast "50 Shades of Crazy;" even the swampy-bluesmeets-hip-hop
banger "Do It Like This" or the softer, mid-tempo ballad (and current
single), "Gonna Wanna Tonight."
"The sales and crowd singing back to me show that I am doing something right," Rice
offers. "And I can just keep giving the cold-shoulder to popular opinion."
"Honestly, from day one I wasn't going to let anybody tell me this wasn't gonna work,"
Rice says continuing, recounting several years spent pounding the pavement, slowly
elevating his shows from small-club gigs on the back of his 2012 album, Dirt Road
Communion, to opening slots on an arena tour with Dierks Bentley. "I don't care if
people call me 'bro-country' or they call me hip-hop or rock. All I care about is if I walk
onstage and people are screaming every word back to me."
Along the way, as he says, Rice transformed himself from "underground" to "that star, or
whatever you want to call it." Clearly, fame, and all its superfluous trappings, as far as
Rice is concerned, means little to him. It's all about hitting the stage, delivering the goods
and heading on his way. "I'll never consider myself famous, but that's what people are
saying, so whatever," he says, chuckling. "We've gone from that underground artist to
'Oh, that's Chase Rice, that guy who's on the radio.' And once you get on the radio you
better hold on tight!"
Rice's live show is an adrenaline shot of energy, conservative standards be damned. He
takes cues, in this regard, from his idols like Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney and,
before them, the Highway Outlaws: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash.
"They didn't call themselves that," he says of the Outlaws. "They were that because they
basically gave the finger to everyone telling them how to do it. Garth, the same thing: he
wanted his live show to be like Kiss."
Quite simply, don't expect this Florida-born, North Carolina-raised, football-playing,
music-loving firestarter to go all Hollywood "I'm going to try to cling as tight as I can to
the other side of it – the non-fame, the underground," he explains. "Because as soon as
you start thinking of yourself as famous or a big deal, there's probably a mountain you're
about to fall down real quick. No matter how big fame gets, I've got friends to kick my
ass if I start getting out of line."
Rice, who following a football scholarship at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill,
and a stint working on a NASCAR pit crew, decamped to Nashville and began writing
with the members of Florida Georgia Line, always had a knack when growing up for
recognizing what makes a quality song. But it was journaling in high school, a practice
he's maintained even as his touring life got crazy and hectic, that helped him evolve into
an artist with whom Nashville's most elite song crafters are eager to break bread. "I've
got literally eight stacks of my life in these books," he says of his ever-mounting journals.
"And it's just my life. I've tried to do it every day. That started the process of my mind
working. It's allowed me to let my mind go. I can let the good out, let the bad out, write it
down."
The success of "Cruise" didn't hurt his reputation as a stellar songwriter. And while he's
quick to acknowledge an immense pride for being a part of the hit single – "Hell yeah,
I'm pumped about 'Cruise!' It's one of the coolest things that's ever happened to me" –
with Ignite The Night in his back pocket, Rice is confident we haven't seen anything yet.
"I've always been of the mindset – it's from football – if you win a game against Miami,
you've got to go play Virginia Tech next week. Let's write something better. Let's write
something more meaningful."
And so Rice continues to hit the studio, take the stage each night, view each day as an
opportunity to make his mark. "I'm happy with how it's going," he says modestly of a
career about to blow. "I'm very happy with doing my club shows right now. I mean,
George Strait didn't get to number one in a year."
"Head down, eyes up," says Rice of what lies ahead. "Keep on going."
Sam Riggs
Sam Riggs
About
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Biography
“We got tremendous support on the last album from fans and media. This incredible buzz started getting ramped up and show attendance started to sky rocket. People really latched on to it.” - Sam

Everybody loves a good “rags-to-riches” story. Nothing seems to inspire the masses quite as well as the story about the underdog with the larger-than-life dream that finds the path of opportunity and emerges triumphant against the odds. Sam Riggs has just such a story, and in his version, it was his move from his native Florida to Austin, Texas that was the dream. It was his innate ability for songwriting and his passion for performance that provided the opportunity. And it was his first album “Outrun The Sun” that brought Sam up directly into high music society with stellar national reviews, hit singles, hit music videos, national television music placement, elite invitations to perform at renown events, sold out crowds, 2.2 million total streams on Spotify, 600,000 plus views on YouTube, over 30,000 followers on his social media pages, and, most recently, a spotlight feature in Rolling Stone Country. An impressive story? Most definitely, yet Sam Riggs has only just begun.

In the life of a working musician, everything hinges on the connection made with fans, and Sam’s ability to draw his listeners completely into his world comes as naturally to him as breathing. He describes that synergy with his faithfuls as “rabid,” and their die-hard support is a fire and gasoline concoction that fuels his songwriting. He has accomplished this bond with his fans because, in a nut shell, Sam writes the stories of the people. In just a little over a year’s time he has watched his attendance numbers swell like gale force winds. He has seen his crowds go from 50 people to thousands, and has stood amazed to see fans singing every word to brand new songs that haven’t even been released. Now, it’s one thing to see your audience grow exponentially around your own stomping grounds, but it is quite another thing to walk out on stage in a faraway land where you have never played before and see a sold out crowd. Music travels fast, and Sam’s steady pursuit on the heels of his own widely proceeding reputation is a marathon that he admits leaves him breathless. And so, the story continues with the release of his brand new album “Breathless” on February 19,2016.

Produced by Erik Herbst and Sam Riggs, “Breathless” is a sincere, unfiltered look into the person Sam has become. The album’s first single “The Lucky Ones” represents the first leg of his journey, a story told through 20/20 hindsight about the fortunes of struggle with a cameo performance from the University of North Texas Drum Line. “Gravity” is a true anchor on the album depicting that specific period in life between when you have to get out, and when you actually can. Well throughout the album you get a real sense of Sam’s more vulnerable side, and the way he writes about a man’s response to a women’s spell is the stuff of bestselling novels. Considering lyrics like “Just one kiss from your novocaine lips and you take all my pain away” (“Breathless”), “One more kiss is all I need to get through. I guess you’re just a habit I can’t break” (“Secondhand Smoke”), and “The fire in your touch, it’s like a needle in my veins” (“One More Chance To Stay”), you see a man who has warred with the dangerous addictions of love, but also one that has not been afraid to wave the white flag of surrender. All this is not to say that the album is without muscle. “Wake The Dead” feels like pure adrenaline, a heart racing ride in honky tonk rap style. And finally, “High On A Country Song” is the Sam Riggs live show experience coming through the speakers, where the energy is so thick you can cut it with a knife. In total, “Breathless” is the sound you hear clearly above the racket of mediocrity, and it signals that a new age of “artist” has arrived.

“Sam Riggs wears a legacy of honest country, makes good rock, writes lyrics that matter and straps on a stage presence second to none.” -- Ray Wylie Hubbard
Venue Information:
Minglewood Hall
1555 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38104
https://www.minglewoodhall.com/