We spoke with Lewis Brice on his new EP that is out and the writing process. If you don’t know Lewis or haven’t listened to his music you are truly missing out. He has so much talent and a style and sound that is all his own. I feel he will be a household name in the country music world in 2018. We hope you enjoy this read and keep an eye out for touring information for the coming year. Thanks again Lewis, you are truly an awesome person and thanks for having fun with us in this interview.
B Chord: Lewis how are you. I have read a lot of articles putting your music in a southern rock, bluesy, country, swampy sound. But you know what? To me your music is Lewis Brice. It is very unique and amazing man. I can tell you will have some awesome things happening very soon.
Lewis Brice: I love that. Thank you very much!
B Chord: So tell us a little about your EP that is out right now. How long did it take you to write?
Lewis Brice: The EP was quite a process. It took about 2 years to get those 6 songs. I’ve been writing those songs for a while. Really got the ball rolling. We spent a lot of time on it and I really feel like the sound we got out of it gives a good representation of who I am. I’m a pretty scattered brained person when it comes to music. I like all kinds of music like Pop, Country, and Rock and Roll – 90’s era of music. We worked very diligently on it and we put in a lot of hours. Our song we are pushing for radio right now is “Best Ex Ever”. There aren’t many songs that shed a good lite on the ex but this song came from a time I needed help and made that call and she answered.
B Chord: “Best Ex Ever” is a great song. Where did you film the video? It is such a fun video to watch.
Lewis Brice: It was filmed in Nashville. We filmed it with my buddy Chase Lower. We wanted to match the song which is a quirky, funny song. We filmed it inside at Blue Bar where you probably got a glimpse of my brother at the very end and then up and down Division Street. We actually filmed the phone scene, because they don’t have pay phones anymore. We actually found a booth at Virginia’s Market at Division Street in Nashville. There was no phone in it so we had to go out and buy a phone to put in it.
B Chord: So I hear you frequent Key West. Is there any particular spot you usually play? How often do you visit and how did that start?
Lewis Brice: Key West has been a big part of my life making music. My good buddy Nick Norman lives down there. It’s really easy place to get to and try out my music. I play at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon a lot down there and at the Nashville Gulf’s headliners festival. I’ll be down there the first week of January I am schedule to go back down and I am really looking forward to it.
B Chord: “Messin’ With my Mind” is just an amazing song. It has some great play on Sirius XM and other airplay as well. What was the story behind the song?
Lewis Brice: My buddy Matt Clinton lives down in Key West and he help me write the bridge portion of it. That one is a story about when I was in an on and off relationship with a girl and I was back and forth in Nashville and I got to the point where I wanted to have a serious relationship. I took her out to a real nice dinner at the Outback Steakhouse. I thought the bloomin onion would seal the deal so I asked if she would like to make this more of a serious relationship and low and behold she said “Well……….I really don’t want a serious relationship, I really like being single. So I just said: “That’s cool.” Two days later I was in Delaware playing a gig and I get a call from my buddy who said “So, what happened to that girl in Nashville?” I said “Well we’re still hanging out.” He said: “That’s crazy, she got engaged man.” So then I wrote the song right then and there and for the lack of a better word I had to use “Messin”
B Chord: “Alabama” has to be my favorite song on there. The bass beat is awesome, the vocals are great, and the old Hank references are amazing. Was that a new one that you wrote for the album or has that one been around for a bit?
Lewis Brice: That one was a new one. I actually wrote that with my brother, Lee Brice. We were out in the garage and wanted to write a party song about where we were from, South Carolina. Our friends had farmland and we would have field parties so we wrote a song about it. Lee was looking to write a song called Alabama so we tried to use that. When we started writing, to have a good country song, you have to put a girl in it. The girl was the life of the party but no one ever got her name or where she was from so we called her, Alabama.
B Chord: When can we expect the full album out?
Lewis Brice: I’m actually working on a whole different record and at the beginning of the year I want to finish up that half record. I am currently working with two different producers right now. I can promise you it won’t be another 3 years. I hope to have the record out by spring and then another new record in the fall.
B Chord: Just from the EP, I can tell when you play live with the band “The Escorts” right? I bet you guys have everyone on their feet. Can you tell us what someone can expect at a Lewis Brice concert who has never attended one of your concerts before?
Lewis Brice: You come to my show you better be ready for a rock show with high energy where we sing hard and play hard and get everyone moving around and have a cold one while you’re at it. I don’t play halfway I only go all out.
B Chord: Do you have some tour details lined up? I can tell you we really want you here in Maryland!
Lewis Brice: We are working on next year’s schedule. This has been the busiest year ever. We are working hard to keep it going strong next year. We are working on a Southeast run, Baltimore all the way up to Delaware. We also have some Midwest shows scheduled. I have played a lot on the west coast this year.
B Chord: Ok so I made it this far into the interview without mentioning your brother’s name, ha! I have to ask how cool was it to play the lead role in Lee’s video “I Drive Your Truck?”
Lee Brice: It was a great opportunity. It was my first intro to the film industry. I told him that I would audition for the part. I didn’t want him to just give it to me. It was my first time behind the camera and let me see what goes on putting a video together. It was fun. They actually hired a stunt driver but I convinced them to let me drive the truck. I told them I grew up in South Carolina and I know how to cut it up so I ended up doing all the driving of the truck in the video.
B Chord: What was it like to be on the iconic Family Feud?
Lewis Brice: Steve Harvey is quite a character. It was my brother and some cousins. Jerrod Niemann was also on there with us. We had a bunch of laughs. My favorite question that Steve asked one of my cousins was “What do you do for a living?” My cousin answered “Oh, I lay pipe Steve!” Ha. He had that Harvey look and made a comment about his wife liking that one.
B Chord: Quick round questions you ready?
B Chord: Favorite Sports Team?
Lewis Brice: Clemson tigers
B Chord: If you could do a duet with one person who would it be?
Lewis Brice: Jerry Lee Lewis
B Chord: In 2018 Lewis Brice will …..
Lewis Brice: conquer the world
B Chord: Favorite pair of boots?
Lewis Brice: Lucchese
B Chord: Favorite drink?
Lewis Brice: Jack and water
B Chord: This interview with B Chord is?
Lewis Brice: Fantastically Awesome!
B Chord: You are stranded on an island and you can take only one instrument with you. What would the instrument be and why?
Lewis Brice: A spoon. I can eat with it, carve out trees with it and play it.
B Chord: I need to get you a B Chord hat or shirt so you can wear it in your next video like the Whiskey Jam tank ha! ha! Thanks man.
Please check out Lewis Brice and download his new EP. His links are below.
Website – http://lewisbrice.com/