Chase Rice’s new song, “Way Down Yonder” is out now, October 14th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand-new track below.
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Chase Rice continues to reveal the sonic shift of his upcoming project with this rugged outlaw anthem. Co-written with Hunter Phelps, John Byron, Blake Pendergrass, and Corey Crowder during a writing retreat in Florida, Rice recalled thinking of the mountains of his home state of North Carolina while penning this tune.
“All of a sudden during the recording process, Rob McNelley started playing this crazy carnival sound on the acoustic… and it got Western quick. That turned it from a song I didn’t think was even going to make the cut for this next album into one of my favorite songs on the project.”
“Make your love where the bees make honey // When the cut’s where you’re born and raised // Man it’s in your blood we were born this way down yonder”
This song has everything going for it to make it a hit single on radio—the catchy lyrics; the southern-rock sound; and the wild-west imagery. The writers use a lot of same-line rhymes and alliteration to hook listeners into the story. Phrases like “Rippin’ hot rod runners,” “moonshine money,” and “Bootleg Bertie’s” flow so well with the music.
The most impressive feature of the whole song is that the video was shot in one take. The camera follows Rice around the saloon, panning to other characters hanging out in the bar as well. At one point in the video, fisticuffs break out over a poker game.
“Way Down Yonder” joins “If I Were Rock & Roll” and “Key West & Colorado” on, what Rice refers to as, his forthcoming “trackless” album. Rice honored his late father at the Grand Ole Opry earlier this week by debuting an unreleased song titled “For A Day,” which will also make the new record.
“It is the edge of the record. It’s real, it’s believable,” Rice shared in a recent press release. “There are no tracks on the record, which is different for country music these days — believe it or not — because everybody’s doing tracks. None of that. There’s not even a click on it. The whole thing was based on the feel of the drummers — us playing off each other.”
Fans can expect a more authentic and unfeigned project from Rice this time around. Rice will appear on SiriusXM The Highway’s “Music Row Happy Hour” tonight to celebrate the song’s release and share more insight into the record. See Rice perform these songs live on tour this fall. For tickets, head to his website.
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