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Lee Brice Talks Relaxing in Vegas for ACM Awards and Emotional ‘I Drive Your Truck’

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Lee Brice has been on a huge roll lately, with his last two singles both reaching the top spot on the Billboard country chart and a nomination for Song of the Year in the Academy of Country Music Awards. His latest single is also headed for No. 1, and in a new interview, the singer-songwriter reveals how he balances the enormous workload that comes along with his success.

“I like to have a good time, and then onstage, that’s my favorite time ever,” he says in a phone interview with the Breakfast Club on country radio station WYRK. “You only live once, and you regret more things that you don’t do than you do.”

Brice’s road schedule is so hectic that his stint in Las Vegas for the ACM Awards this weekend will actually serve as a bit of R&R. His song ‘A Woman Like You’ is nominated for Song of the Year, and he’s planning to bring along his fiancee and their son and make the trip a family outing. “I’m not a big gambler or anything, so my favorite part of Vegas is the relaxation,” he says. “I go out by the pool. If I have time, I’ll go out there and relax out there. They get us a nice room.”

He’s particularly excited about the Song of the Year nomination. “What a cool award to be up for,” Brice enthuses, “and even for the writers more than me, because Song of the Year is such a songwriter kind of an award, to me. So I’m proud of those guys.”

Brice’s current single ‘I Drive Your Truck’ has a strong shot at becoming his third No. 1 song in a row, and he admits that the emotional nature of the lyric makes it hard for him to perform it every night. “Very difficult,” he acknowledges. “The first time I heard it, I broke down. Every night now, it’s almost even worse, because I’m looking out and all the people know it, and the dynamic of the show changes when I start playing that song.”

The ‘I Drive Your Truck’ lyrics tell the story of someone dealing with the loss of a loved one by driving their truck around town, listening to the same radio stations and trying to relive the times they spent together. It’s a song that resonates strongly with Brice’s fans. “Their faces change,” he relates. “When I’m singing it, I can see the stories run through their minds. It’s something to behold.”

Of course, that’s not all that’s on Brice’s plate. He is taking off most of April for his wedding and honeymoon, after which he will embark on a tour with Brad Paisley in May.

Next: Lee Brice Producing New Duo

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