This week’s co-host is Lee Brice. His last time here was with Carly Pearce and their duet “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” Lee tells Lon they had a subdued #1 party: “Normally a #1 party is a ton of people packed into a small space. So it was a blessing, it was just the writers and myself, five of us at Luke Combs’ garage. He ordered up some barbecue, and we just hung out and talked. Se we got to take it in, hang out together, and congratulate ourselves.”
Lee says he’s been spending his time writing songs with a wide variety of people. “I was writing with Kid Rock at his house. I have this song that’s really fun, and think it’ll be a good collaboration. So we’re hanging out, and all of a sudden, Jon Pardi drops in. Turns out they’re neighbors, and he stops by all the time. So we ended up swappin’ stories, sharin’ a cocktail, so it was cool to hang out with Jon.”
Speaking of neighbors, Lee lives near Chase Rice: “He’s literally across the street from my farm. The other day, I looked out the window, and saw these guys running, they’re both buff and tan. So I go out, and it was Chase! I notice he’s grown a mustache. He’s a good neighbor, I borrowed a generator the last time the power went out, so he’s a good neighbor.”
When Lee isn’t writing songs, he’s usually at home with his three kids: “We’ve been out on the farm, taking time to teach them things on the farm, life skills, from driving a stick shift to planting a garden. Lot of fishing too. I enjoy working on the farm. We had a big wind storm and blew down some trees, so I had the boys out helping me chop up the trees. That kind of stuff I wouldn’t have been able to do.”
Lee is justifiably proud of his hit One Of Them Girls: “I’m playing the acoustic lick on that song. The night we wrote it, I played that lick and that’s what started the whole song off. I had to fight my producers because they wanted an electric solo. So one night, I played the acoustic solo, sent it in, and that was the record. At the end of the day, I get to choose what the song sounds like.”
Lee also has great stories this week about Ashley McBryde, Russell Dickerson, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, and Dan & Shay.
NEXT WEEK: Tim McGraw