Chase Rice Brings His New Album To Life With Sold-Out Show In Pennsylvania On The Way Down Yonder Tour
Rice allowed fans to see a new side of himself by bringing his vulnerable, more mature self to the forefront while leaving behind his bro-country roots.
Chase Rice; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Chase Rice brought his new album to life with a captivating set on his Way Down Yonder Tour at Parx Casino’s Xcite Center in Bensalem, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 7. Dalton Dover served as direct support on the show.
The capacity crowd showed up early to the venue and took their seats as fast-rising country star and 2023 Music Mayhem Artist To Watch Dalton Dover took to the stage at 7:30 PM to kick off the evening with an impressive set that quickly won over the audience.
Throughout Dover’s 30-minute opening set, he allowed his strong vocals to shine vibrantly with performances of songs such as “You Got A Small Town,” “The One That Got Me You,” “Bury Me In This Bar,” “Hear About A Girl,” and his current single “Giving Up On That,” which is nearing the Top 50 on Country radio.
Dover also delivered a goosebumps-inducing cover of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” that had the crowd swooning and an epic cover of David Allan Coe’s “The Ride.”
After a brief intermission, it was time for Chase Rice to take to the stage.
Joined by his energy-filled band, the country superstar kicked off his memorable show at approximately 8:15 PM with “Walk That Easy” and went on to perform a 22-song set that featured several fan-favorite hits and all 13 tracks from his latest album, I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell, including “Key West & Colorado,” “Oklahoma,” “If I Were Rock & Roll,” “Goodnight Nancy,” “All Dogs Go To Hell,” “Way Down Yonder,” “I Hate Cowboys,” “Life Part Of Livin’,” “Sorry Momma,” “I Walk Alone,” “Bad Day To Be A Cold Beer” and “Bench Seat.”
Rice’s lengthy set list also included his chart-topping hits “Eyes On You” and “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen,” as well as songs from earlier on in his career such as “Ready Set Roll,” “Lonely If You Are,” “Gonna Wanna Tonight” and his viral cover of SoMo’s “Ride.”
The North Carolina native’s set truly highlighted his rich, deep vocals and showcased his growth as an artist.
During the show, Rice allowed fans to see a new side of himself by bringing his vulnerable, more mature self to the forefront while leaving behind his bro-country roots.
Although there were 3,000 fans in attendance, the multi-Platinum hitmaker’s concert had a very intimate feel as he often interacted with fans from the stage and even swapped hats with one fan and gifted another one in the audience of his signature Twin Eagles Creek Farm hat.
In the midst of his nearly 2-hour long set, Rice paid tribute to his home state of North Carolina with an acoustic rendition of “Carolina Can,” during which the stage lights turned Tar Heels blue. Following his performance of “Carolina Can,” he also honored his musical hero, Eric Church, who he often credits as one of his favorite artists and biggest influences, with a cover of Church’s massive hit “Springsteen.”
The energy and excitement in the air throughout his set was a force to be reckoned with and was highlighted during “Eyes On You,” which prompted a massive sing-along.
Rice, who has sold over 2.2 million albums and amassed 2.1+ billion total streams, concluded his set with a rowdy performance of “Bad Day To Be A Cold Beer.” He revealed that the tune will be his next single to impact Country radio and judging by the reaction of the sold-out crowd singing along to every word of the radio-ready anthem, the tune is without a doubt destined to become Rice’s next chart-topping hit.
“This is going to be the next song that you’ll hear on Country radio. I don’t know if it’s going to work or not by I know you guys are singing the piss out of it every night,” Rice told the crowd, after thanking the fans for coming out and sticking by his side despite not having a song on radio for quite some time.
The 37-year-old singer/songwriter returned to the stage for a two-song encore that began with the emotional tune, “Bench Seat.” Rice’s dog, Jack, joined him on stage and stayed by his side for the entire duration of his performance of the vulnerable hit that is worthy of many award nominations.
His set officially came to a close with a rowdy performance of “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen,” sans Florida Georgia Line.
Chase Rice’s Way Down Yonder Tour Set List
1. Walk That Easy
2. If I Was Rock & Roll
3. Ready Set Roll
4. Key West & Colorado
5. Lonely If You Are
6. Goodnight Nancy
7. All Dogs Go To Hell
8. Way Down Yonder
9. I Hate Cowboys
10. Carolina Can (Acoustic)
11. Ride (Acoustic)
12. Cruise (Acoustic Florida Georgia Line Cover)
13. Life Part Of Livin’
14. Gonna Wanna Tonight
15. Springsteen (Eric Church Cover)
16. Sorry Momma
17. I Walk Alone
19. Eyes On You
20. Bad Day To Be A Cold Beer
21. Bench Seat
22. Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.
The Way Down Yonder Tour
The 23-date Way Down Yonder Tour, presented by Coors Banquet, kicked off on March 3 in Laughlin, Nevada and features support from special guests Avery Anna, Tyler Braden, Ashland Craft, Dalton Dover, Kameron Marlowe, Read Southall Band and Conner Smith on select dates. The tour will wrap up on April 29 in Rice’s birthplace of Daytona, FL.
The trek takes its namesake from a tune titled “Way Down Yonder,” which was co-written by Rice alongside Hunter Phelps, John Byron, Blake Pendergrass and Corey Crowder. “Way Down Yonder” appears on Rice’s latest album, I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell.
Recently Shared A Brand-New Album
I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell was recorded at Rice’s rural Tennessee home, which he turned into a studio, to produce the 13 track album. The project’s album art pays tribute to Rice’s late father, Daniel Rice. “My dad was one of those good guys you read about – tough, hardworking, always helping other people out,” Rice noted. “I try to live my life in a way that would make him proud. I haven’t always measured up to that, but I get closer to that man I want to be and the man he’d be proud of every single day.”
He continued, “Making this album was a big step towards that musically, too. Not only is it the most vulnerable I’ve ever been, it’s also something he’d enjoy listening to and is full of stories I wish I could tell him. I’ve always wanted to honor him by using this photo as an album cover, and I know this project is the one that deserves that.”
I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell includes the fan-favorite tunes “If I Were Rock & Roll,” “I Hate Cowboys,” “Bench Seat,” “Key West & Colorado,” as well as collaborations with Boy Named Banjo, and Read Southall Band. Rice co-wrote each of the tunes on the project, which also features three solo writes.
“People always say that Nashville is a 10-year town; that it usually takes 10 years of grinding to finally reach that moment of breakthrough success,” Rice previously shared of the new album, “For me, though, I was part of a group of songwriters that found lightning in a bottle immediately when I moved to town. It was a wild ride that I hung onto and tried to replicate as much as I could. What I’ve realized, though, is that I never identified who I am as my own artist. Now, a decade later, I know that my 10 years in this town were all about discovering my true self and getting to this point of releasing an album that I can honestly say reflects the man I want to be from start to finish.”
The album serves as the followup to Rice’s three-part project, The Album, featuring his latest Platinum-certified No. 1 hit, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen. (feat. Florida Georgia Line)” and his multi-Platinum-certified hit “Lonely If You Are.”
Rice Will Also Appear On Several Festivals This Summer
Chase Rice is also scheduled to perform at several upcoming festivals this summer, including Gulf Coast Jam, Tailgate N’ Tallboys Iowa, The Country Fest, Country Stampede 2023, Cheyenne Frontier Days, WE Fest, ZooMontana, Big Valley Jamboree, Voices Of America Country Music Fest 2023 and more. He will also serve as support on select dates of Jelly Roll’s upcoming Backroad Baptism Tour.
For a full list of Chase Rice’s upcoming tour dates visit his official website HERE.
Chase Rice’s Remaining Way Down Yonder Tour Dates
8 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa – Dalton Dover
11 – Nashville, Tenn. – Ryman Auditorium – Avery Anna
13 – Albany, N.Y. – Empire Live – Dalton Dover, Avery Anna
14 – Boston, Mass. – House of Blues – Dalton Dover, Avery Anna
15 – Sayreville, N.J. – Starland Ballroom – Dalton Dover, Avery Anna
21 – Atlanta, Ga. – Coca Cola Roxy – Kameron Marlowe, Avery Anna
22 – Wilmington, N.C. – Live Oak Bank Pavilion – Kameron Marlowe, Avery Anna
27 – Athens, Ga. – Georgia Theatre – Avery Anna
28 – St. Petersburg, Fla. – Jannus Live – Read Southall Band
29 – Daytona Beach, Fla. – Daytona Beach Bandshell – Read Southall Band
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