Lee Brice Interview Part 2: New Artist Nominee Reveals CMAs Hopes, Tear-Jerker Next Single and the Truth About Life on the Road
Wedding planning… How is that coming along?
It’s coming good. I’m basically gonna take the month of April off. We’re gonna get married in April and I’m gonna go home for a few weeks before that and get married and go on a honeymoon and just get back for a week and really spend some time because I’ve been gone so much, it’s really tough right now. Takoda is my little boy, he’s four and he needs me there every day and I’m not there every day. So I wanna spend some real time with the family.
Has anyone had a wedding planning meltdown yet?
Oh goodness, there are so many meltdowns I can’t even tell you. There’s crying about this or that, and the food… You know, it’s so funny, it’s just kind of like my shows. When I get to go play in my hometown it’s almost one of the toughest times because I got so many people to cater to and then a lot of people that think they’re supposed to be catered to [laughs].
Do you think you’ll have more kids?
Oh yeah, definitely. She wants to have another one right now and I say, ‘Hey, let’s get married’ [laughs].
Over the last few months there has been some bad press for a few country musicians. Is there a misconception that the road life of a country star is quieter or more conservative than it is for a rock star or a rapper?
I think that’s completely a misconception. For a long time I was out there rockin’ and I got some buddies in the industry, we’re tight. You probably know a lot of them and you’ve probably interviewed them. Put it this way, I had a tour manager come out with me — in fact he’s my tour manager now — he used to be out with a few rock bands himself. Like the ones that you would expect to be big partiers. He came on our bus and he said, ‘Man I thought rock n’ roll was rock n’ roll’ [laughs].
The truth is, I think country music… there’s a lot of great people and just being raised the way a lot of country boys and girls are, hopefully there’s just a lot of respect. I remember growing up, even your rowdiest friends would say ‘yes, ma’am’ and that stuff to your mom.
It seems like the consequences are steeper for country stars than a different genre.
They are because we’re held to a higher standard as far as that kind of stuff goes, and it’s because of our families and how we were raised and how we’re viewed. That’s a good thing. It keeps us honest and it makes us keep being the good guys and folks that we really are.
One more serious question, about your promo video for New Artist of the Year. Your platform was about 50 cases of Bud Light. Who got to keep the beer?
[laughs] Well, the lighting guys were talking about it all day so I’m not sure [laughs]. I think it might have been some crew guys that ran off with that. There might have been some ‘damaged cases.’