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Interview with Chase Bryant Special

By Adrian Peel     Sep 4, 2014 in Music
Digital Journal finds out what the up-and-coming country singer, a talent to definitely watch out for over the coming months, has been doing of late.
Chase Bryant, one of Nashville's young rising stars, is certainly starting to "go places." If witnessing his debut single cracking the Top 30 wasn't enough, then the gifted 21 year old can also take pride in the fact that August 22nd saw him step onto the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage for the very first time.
What is interesting to note, however, is that Bryant - recently named an “On the Verge Artist” by iHeartRadio - is no stranger to prestigious events within the entertainment industry, coming as he does from a very well-connected musical family.
Not only was his grandfather, the late Jimmy Bryant, Roy Orbison's pianist ("He is the reason that I even know music exists - his taste in music was impeccable. I hope he's proud of me"), two of his uncles (Jeff and Junior Bryant) were co-founders of successful '90s country band Ricochet.
The debut single in question is "Take It on Back," an assured-sounding pop country anthem (currently at number 29 on the charts) that belies the singer's tender age and youthful appearance, though looks can be deceiving.
"I co-wrote this song with two of my good friends, Tommy Lee James and Dylan Altman," reveals Chase, highlighting his obvious potential as a hit songwriter. "It's just about going back to that place or time with that person that you need to relive that moment or memory with. I don't know what star I wished on for it to be doing so well, but boy I sure am happy."
Bryant describes his first appearance on the Opry, as part of a star-studded lineup that featured Vince Gill, The Oak Ridge Boys and John Conlee, as "Surreal. Spiritual," going on to say: "This is a night I will never forget for as long as I live. I feel as if I've officially been baptised in country music."
To immerse himself deeper into the water, so to speak, the Texas native, a big fan of artists such as Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, Keith Urban, Radney Foster, Vince Gill and Steve Wariner - who first started picking a guitar at "around one or two years old" - will have to release an album, something he is already planning on doing.
"I'm thinking first of the year," he says of a possible release date. "Songs like 'Take It on Back,' 'Change Your Name,' 'Little Bit of You' and 'Wish I Was a Plane' define this record. It's the record I always wanted to make. It's a rollercoaster. It's supposed to have its ups and downs, like any avenue we take in life. It's my digital autobiography."
Teen Vogue described the dynamic singer-songwriter-guitarist's music as having "nailed a classic rock 'n' roll-meets-traditional country vibe." How would the man himself, who is producing his debut album, define it?
"It's me... It's driven by hooks and riffs and by lyrics I hope everyone can relate to. It's country with a pinch of rock and roll guitars."
Finally, a further accolade (if it carries on at this rate, Chase Bryant is going to need a very big mantelpiece!) came from Rolling Stone magazine, who included the star on their "37 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2014" list. Is he surprised at how quickly everything seems to be happening?
"Definitely am surprised... Hard work and determination is what I've always lived by. However, without the team I have around me none of this would be possible!"
"Take It on Back" is available on iTunes. Look out for a new album coming soon.
Chase is currently preparing to hit the road with Brantley Gilbert as a special guest on the Georgia-born hitmaker's Let It Ride Tour, which begins in Austin, Texas on September 19th and ends in Ft. Myers, Florida on December 13th.
For more information, visit Chase's official website.
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