Rice drops surprise song with FGL
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Rice drops surprise song with FGL

Monday, November 30, 2020 – Chase Rice had a surprise release today of a new single, "Drinkin' Beer. Talkin' God. Amen," featuring Florida Georgia Line.

This reunites rice and FGL as they were writers of FGL's megahit "Cruise.

Written by Rice together with Hunter Phelps, Cale Dodds and Corey Crowder, the new song's lyrics celebrate the power of slowing down to enjoy time and conversation with friends:
I don't know what heaven looks like, nah I don't think anybody does
If it's like down here up there tonight, then there's folks like us
Sittin' here, drinkin' beer, talkin' God, amen
Killing time livin' life with some down home friends
When the world's gone crazy man it all makes sense
Sittin' here, drinkin' beer, talkin' God, amen

"We actually wrote this song before the pandemic, which is crazy because it's almost like God was intervening in the song just to say, 'Hey y'all, get ready. You're gonna have a lot of time to sit around a fire, drink some beer and hang out with me,'" said Rice. "It's a special song in that way because it really is a celebration of what 2020 became for us and a lot of other people -- slowing down to enjoy these moments with our loved ones and having deeper, more meaningful conversations with each other."

The idea of unleashing a surprise is not new for Rice. In January, he put the four-song EP, "The Album Part I" (featuring Top 10 hit "Lonely If You Are") and in May, a seven-song follow up, "The Album Part II."

Produced by Florida Georgia Line, Crowder and Rice, Rice and FGL's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard who first worked together more than 10 years ago as songwriters new to Nashville.

"Brian actually helped me finish the first song I ever wrote, which was about my dad when he passed away, and I knew right then that I loved making music," said Rice, who first befriended Kelley when the two were toddlers in Daytona Beach, Fla. "When I moved to Nashville, we lived in a house together with Tyler where we all worked on songs constantly. These lyrics are literally what we did; sitting around fire pits talking about music, talking about life – and now we're talking about it a decade later in a song that a lot of people are going to hear, which is pretty special."

FGL's Hubbard and Kelley said in a statement, "We are so excited to be on this jam with our boy Chase. We've dreamed of being on the radio together ever since we were roommates 10 years ago. This song is the perfect one for us, as we often find ourselves drinking beer and talking God when we get together. We hope this brings lots of good times and great conversations. Cheers to making music with friends."

Rice, who also achieved chart-topping success for back-to-back weeks in 2019 with Double-Platinum certified hit "Eyes On You," performed the first in a trio of live stream concerts last night, beginning with a solo acoustic performance which will continue with a full band acoustic show this Sunday, Dec. 6 and culminate with a full production performance including the chance to hear "Drinkin' Beer. Talkin' God. Amen." live on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Rice received a great deal of flak, including from fellow musicians, earlier this year for staging a non-socially distanced concert in Tennessee in June.


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