Chase Bryant Kicks Off Ribfest Thursday Night
Music defines Chase Bryant. At every level his truths are expressed in melody, lyrics, hooks and sounds … but his reality goes even deeper than that. Bryant’s heritage is defined by music. His upbringing, his craft, his inspiration and his obsessions are all centered in the same. How else could a 22-year-old be a top-flight guitar player, head-turning songwriter, RED BOW recording artist and co-producer of his debut album.
Raised in Orange Grove, TX (pop. 1,200), Bryant’s grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the group Ricochet. Conway, Merle, Petty, Vince, Bob Wills, Steve Wariner, Bryan Adams and more were early influences as were records by Keith Urban, Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes. “Those records told me that I could be a mainstream country artist and also write guitar riffs that would stick in somebody’s head,” says Bryant.
Bryant’s guitar-wielding Top 10 debut single “Take It On Back” has reached ONE MILLION combined views on YouTube/ VEVO, spent 14 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown and is a GAC Top 20 Country Countdown video. “Take It On Back” was a Top 20 Billboard Hot Country Song in the U.S. and a Top 20 Most Watched Video on VEVO TV Nashville. Internationally, the single is a Top 20 hit in Canada and soared to become the #1 video on Australia’s CMC Countdown.
Bryant’s new single, the up-tempo rocker “Little Bit of You” is already earning rave reviews ahead of its official March 30 radio impact date.
The musical maverick has been named an “On the Verge” Artist by USA Today and iHeart Media; a “Hot Star” by Pollstar; one of “10 Country Artists You’re Going To Love” by Teen Vogue; “One of the Best Things We Saw at CMA Fest” by Rolling Stone; “a superstar in waiting” by Taste of Country, a “Next Big Thing 2015” Star by MusicRow Magazine as well as an “Artist to Watch in 2015” by The Huffington Post, Nashville Lifestyles, Taste of Country, Roughstock, Country Music Is Love and many more. Bryant will join Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider Tour in Summer 2015.
Despite exceptional achievement for someone so young Bryant sees little difference between himself and the audience. “We’re all fans,” he says. “The music is our connection. I’m just the guy with the guitar. If I wasn’t, I’d be the guy on the front row with his arm around his girl raising a glass to the guy onstage. No question. It’s just who I am. Music is everything.”