Lee Brice has set a release date of Sept. 9 for his third album on Curb Records, I Don’t Dance. It is the follow up to his Gold selling 2012 release Hard 2 Love, which produced three No. 1 songs including the CMA, ACM and MusicRow Song of the Year “I Drive Your Truck.” Brice has been previewing some of the new tracks live on Luke Bryan‘s “That’s My Kind of Night” tour.
Yesterday (June 9) members of the media attended an exclusive listening session with Brice, hosted by Robert K. Oermann, at the historic Columbia Studio A on Music Row. Guests were treated with light appetizers and libations before a welcoming by Curb CEO Jim Ed Norman.
“As soon as I finished Hard 2 Love,” Brice shared, “I realized I had learned so much about putting together a record that I was anxious to take that knowledge and start the next one. This [album] is definitely a step further, if not a couple of steps further.”
Brice performed an acoustic version of “I Don’t Dance,” the first single from the project, which he wrote with Rob Hatch and Dallas Davidson. Originally penned for the first dance at his wedding, Brice said, “We finished writing the song and I immediately told Rob and Dallas, ‘Guys, this is the one.'”
Regarding his desire to include live recordings on the album such as “Panama City,” Brice confessed, “You do get blemishes and you can’t mix it perfectly, but you do get that thing about live. There’s a magic and you can’t get it unless you do it live.” In addition to “Panama City,” listeners got to hear several other cuts from the upcoming album including the working-man anthem “Drinkin’ Class,” as well as, “Girls in Bikinis,” “Somebody’s Been Drinkin’,” and “Good Man.”
The cover of the new album features a 1940-era guitar given to Brice by his wife Sara on their wedding day. The imagery is fitting because Brice is credited with writing ten of the album’s thirteen songs and is also a producer. Brice said he worked his writing muscles a lot in the past, but a demanding schedule changed his approach. “I don’t just write a song to write a song,” he said. “That was okay for awhile to build those muscles, but now, whatever little time I do have to write, I have to focus and make sure that my writing is worth that time.”
Being the producer of this project, Brice said, “I’ve always known what I wanted, I just didn’t know how to get there. I’m just now figuring it out,” said Brice. “I’ve always been the producer in my mind because I know what I want to hear.”
The listening party wrapped with Brice performing “When the Whiskey Used to Burn,” an ode to the fun times and experiences of youth.
I Don’t Dance Tracklist
1. I Don’t Dance
2. No Better Than This
3. Show You Off Tonight
4. Always The Only One
5. Good Man
6. Drinkin’ Class
7. That Don’t Sound Like You
8. Girls In Bikinis
10. Somebody’s Been Drinkin’
11. The Airport Song
12. My Carolina
13. Panama City
To see a list of tour dates, click here.