Super Tuesday, Country Music-Style
Mike Sudhalter | June 9, 2010
Tuesday was a big day in South Carolina. Not because
of the primaries elections, silly. Sumter County native
Lee Brice's long-awaited album was released
The country outlaw/Southern rock hybrid has another ambassador in Nashville.
Randy Houser, Eric Church and Jamey Johnson, meet Lee Brice. I've been waiting for Mr. Brice to release a full-length album since the summer of 2007 when I watched him perform at the CMA Music Festival.
Brice put his debut single, "She Ain't Right," on this album, but he didn't include a radio hit, "Upper Middle Class White Trash" on the record. It was a very funny song, with an important message about not judging a book by its cover, but Brice figured he probably milked that song for all it was worth.
"Love Like Crazy" is a strong debut album for an artist who has waited and paid his dues for the past few years.
The title track has the chance to establish Brice on the country music song. It's about the power of love and the things that people do for love.
"Picture Of Me" is autobiographical and it's very reminiscent of Randy Houser's "Whistlin' Dixie"
"Falling Apart Together" is a song that anyone who's been in a relationship can relate to - it seems like everything is going wrong around you, but you're dealing with it together. And ultimately that makes your bond stronger.
And then there's a tune all about wishful thinking - "Happy Endings."
The narrator's girlfriend lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. leaves him for a guy in Los Angeles, and he's hoping that she finds a reason to head back to him and the Palmetto State during the 41-hour, 2,533-mile drive. Note to the narrator:If she hasn't turned around by Texas, it's over, Bubba.
Brice shows his Carolina pride on a pair of Southern rock odes to where he grew up - "Sumter County Friday Night" and "Carolina Boys."