Lee Brice will double the pleasure in concert Friday, bringing younger brother Lewis Brice to share the stage.
The siblings from Sumter will play House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, and they’ll each share their own styles of country music.
Lee Brice has conquered country radio since 2010 with his albums, both on Curb Records, and his pen as a composer. He earned fame with the title track from his first CD, “Love Like Crazy,” and “A Woman Like You,” the leadoff single from “Hard 2 Love.”
Billboard magazine declared “Love Like Crazy” and the Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl,” which Brice co-wrote, as the most played country songs of 2010 and ’11, respectively.
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Speaking by phone last week from Nashville, Tenn., in between errands after a day in the studio, Lee Brice called “Crazy Girl,” the 2012 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year, “a special song to me when I wrote it eight years ago.”
“It just sat around a while,” he said, “and it was not right for me to put out, so I was really honored when the Eli Young Band cut it.”
Brice said he started writing songs at age 10 “so I could start singing them.” Other artists have recorded his music, including Jason Aldean (“Not Every Man Lives”), Garth Brooks (“More Than a Memory”), Craig Campbell (“All Night to Get There”), N.C. native Jason Michael Carroll (“Sorry Don’t Matter”), Kenny Chesney (“Seven Days”) and Tim McGraw (“Still”).
Doing both: writing, singing
“When I first came to town,” Brice said, referring to Music City, “I had success as a writer, so a lot of folks have assumed I was just a songwriter, but I’ve been doing both my whole life.
“Now the artist thing is kind of working, and so I’m grateful. I want to make music that people will remember for years from now.”
Brice has made rounds on TV shows, including NBC’s “Today” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” and Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee.”
The former Arkansas governor called Brice to request his visit in May, where Mike Huckabee, a bass guitarist, joined Brice’s band to perform his new single,”Hard to Love.”
Brice said such appearances on national TV are “amazing to be able to reach people who are not necessarily country music fans.”
“We want to get everybody in,” he said, to join country fans, “our bread and butter.”
Brice said coming back to the Grand Strand spurs memories of visits when growing up.
“I was listening to Edwin McCain and a lot of guys who came through House of Blues,” Brice said, “ and watching McCain on stage on New Year’s Eve, I said, ‘That is my dream to be on that stage someday,’ and I will. I could not be more excited.”
Brice said the Palmetto State has contributed heavily to the music world, and “I think there’s a pride with me that comes along from being from South Carolina. I really flaunt it everywhere I go. I talk about the good folks I was raised around.”
Brother boasts ‘own sound’
Teaming up with his brother on Friday, Lee Brice said “You kind of have to be yourself.”
He said Lewis Brice’s album will reflect his own “sound.”
Calling last week from Port Clinton, Ohio, Lewis Brice said since finding a core band this year, he has enjoyed touring on his own, and that recording a CD will fulfill another goal this year. He said his fellow players come from all over, including Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
“Very rarely do you find someone who’s originally from Nashville,” he said.
Lewis Brice treats chemistry as “a big part” in forging ahead to that next level in the industry, because going across the country, “you’re stuck in a van 2 feet from one another all the time.”
A freshman in high school when his brother, 3 1/2 years his senior, was finishing up, Lewis Brice said having Lee to help produce his own projects, helps, yet they respect each other’s style.
“He’s been such a big help,” Lewis Brice said. “I have a lot to look up to, and I have learned a lot, with his bringing his experience in a fresh, new way. He has such an incredible ear. I think as brothers, we work well together.”
Lewis Brice also looked back at family vacations and spring breaks to Myrtle Beach with bliss.
He said he has seen acts such as Sister Hazel and other concerts at House of Blues, but another dream will be realized as he splits Friday evening with his brother.
“I am really, really excited to be on stage there,” Lewis Brice said.