Chase Rice brings ‘College Days and Country Nights’ Tour to Tech

CHASE RICE – Chase Rice and two of his band mates shred on their guitars in front of the crowd at the Hooper Eblen Center Tuesday, April 5.

Tuesday, April 5, Chase Rice performed at Tennessee Tech University for the 2016 Spring S.O.L.O. concert. Chris Lane and Lacy Cavalier opened for Rice during the concert.

Beginning the show, Cavalier entered the stage with an enthusiastic, upbeat vibe. Cavalier’s performance contained music from her upcoming EP album, “Saving Pennies, Paying Dues.” Cavalier’s music incorporates country tones and her Louisiana roots, which suites her voice well. Cavalier performed her song “Put You Down” for Tech’s crowd.

“I always sang country, and my voice is redneck,” said Cavalier. “I love country music, but I always try to incorporate Louisiana in as I can.”

After listening to Cavalier’s song “Put You Down,” Rice contacted Cavalier in January of 2016 and asked her to perform as an opener on the tour.

“We have mutual friends, and they knew he was going to ask me to go on tour,” said Cavalier.

After Cavalier’s performance, Chris Lane took the stage with an energetic tone that involved the crowd from the beginning of his performance. Lane combined his own songs like “Fix” into the show and performed covers of other songs like “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.

Once Lane completed his performance, Rice came out onto the stage with energy and a lively band.

Throughout the show, Chase Rice maintained an upbeat tempo for the excited crowd. Rice also performed covers of songs including the song “Cruise” which he helped write. The band Florida Georgia Line originally performed “Cruise.” Later in the performance, Rice changed his wardrobe into a Tennessee Tech football jersey for the crowd. He finished the performance in his Tech outfit.

The students who attended the concert enjoyed their experience.

“I loved when he sang ‘Cruise’,” said business management major Nikki Allen. “The whole crowd got hype.”

President of SGA, Bobby Adams, said about 5,000 tickets were distributed to students for the S.O.L.O. concert. 

Every semester, SGA chooses a list of bands for the students to vote on as a collective body. Once the vote is complete, the decision will determine the performance. For the Fall of 2016, the genre will be comedy.