Ready for the middle stop on a Carolinas weekend, Chase Bryant will “Take It On Back” for a free concert at 9 p.m. Friday at The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, along the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of Myrtle Beach.
Riding on his debut Top 10 hit from the past month, Bryant is to perform Thursday in Greensboro, N.C., and head to Charlotte, N.C., for Saturday. He also will return to the coastal area April 1 to play Ziggy’s by the Sea in Wilmington, N.C.
A native of Orange Grove, Texas, near Corpus Christi, Bryant’s branch on a musical family tree has blossomed, enriched from roots laid by a grandfather who played piano for Glen Campbell and the late Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly, and two uncles — Jeff and Junior Bryant — who started Ricochet, with hits in the 1990s.
Like Billy Ray Cyrus and the Alabama Theatre’s Greg Rowles — playing left-handed guitar — Bryant, promoting his EP released in September on Red Bow Records, fielded a few questions after a flight Wednesday afternoon to Nashville, Tenn.:
Question | With this hereditary talent on which you are expanding as a writer, producer and singer, how does this next big step pay tribute to those MVP folks who taught, encouraged and influenced you?
Answer | Without them really teaching me wrong from right and giving me the rope to climb, I don’t know where I would be. I’m thankful to have had such a talented lineage. I hope I can at least show them I hopefully have half of the talent they did.
Q. | Being able to be so self-reliant in sharing your artistry in composition and performing, and being in that group of individuals who realized early on their best means of expression through writing, how much better equipped has that made you in reaching this next level of success?
A. | I feel like I learn more and more who I am. I’m always writing from a place I’m at in life. I feel like if people give my material a listen, by the end of it, they would realize just who I am. I’m still learning about me, however, writing has helped me discover more of me.
Q. | Teaming up with Derek George in producing your EP, how exciting has hanging out in the Top 10 this winter and seeing Randy Houser nearby, with “Like a Cowboy” continuing its longtime climb?
A. | Derek is my best friend and truly a brother to me. To know we’ve had even a spoonful of success thus far really brings joy to my life. He’s one of the most talented people alive, and he makes real records. Very proud of Randy as well. Great voices need to be heard. After all these years, he’s finally getting that big break — it’s an inspiration!
Q. | With a slew of guys in their 20s making their mark in country — including Scotty McCreery, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge and Chris Young — how special is being part of a new generation of stars and standing as someone for young musicians to learn from and admire?
A. | This genre is just a big family. To know I’m surrounded by all this talent and true art is more than I could ever ask for. I’m proud to see my name in those regards.
Q. | What is it about Texas and Oklahoma that spurs such down-to-earth musicians who stand out, also to whom so many fans relate so easily?
A. | We were all raised right — the way every young man or woman should be. And we were owners of great music our whole lives.
Q. | Finally, as baseball season soon gets into gear: Do you root for the Texas Rangers or Houston Astros, or both, especially now that they share the American League West Division? New eras are under way for both franchises, with new managers, and Nolan and Reid Ryan in Houston’s front office, too.
A. | I root for both, but the Astros were always my team, especially back in The Killer Bs days. They might not be the best team on Earth, but you can’t win everything. Nolan Ryan, by the way, is the man!