Lee Brice’s life consists of numerous days of travel.
Lots of airports. And, of course, lots of time waiting.
Despite this way of life, the country singer enjoys every minute of it.
“I’m gearing up to do a sound check,” he says. “Then it’s the show later and then I’m off to another show in Minneapolis. In about a week, I’ll be out in Albuquerque. My life on the road is always about work. I work really hard on the road so when I’m home, I can spend it with my wife and children. It’s a balance.”
The 38-year-old musician is a force in country music.
Not only has he released four albums, but he has also penned some big hits for the likes of Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and the Eli Young Band.
On his fourth – and self-titled – album, Brice is comfortably settling into his introspective lyrics.
He says it’s a more personal album, which is why he named it after himself.
“I’ve always loved titling albums based off of a song or something,” he says. “As I was writing this album, all these songs kept popping up. There was a struggle about putting the songs out there honestly and plainly Lee Brice as you’ve ever heard. This album happens to be really personal. I felt it was a really good time to release it to the world and have it represent who I am at the moment.”
Getting to this album was very organic for Brice.
He says the songs all have been a natural progression and inspired by life.
Brice is a father of three – one boy and two girls. He’s also a husband and has his parents around.
“I think a lot of it is thinking about life,” he says. “I’m in a time of my life where I’m reflecting on a lot of stuff. My parents are getting older. So are my children. I’m trying to be the best man I can be. It’s because of that thinking that I got introspective on the album.”
Brice wanted to have songs that were pleasing to the heart.
“I wanted it to be a real organic thing: I play 99 percent of the lead guitar, my band’s on it – and there’s even a theremin, which I had to learn to play. When I started, I wanted this record to be groovy, stripped down to the message and the feel,” he says “There are no computer tricks, no artificial sounds. Even when it sounds like a computer, I promise, we figured out a way to make that sound. To me, being real was everything. I wanted to put a little piece of everything about me, everything I am on this record. No two songs are about the same things, but somehow it all hangs together.”