By Kurt Wolff
For starters, it’s a great song. It’s also very personal — he wrote it for his wife (then his fiancée) and planned to make his first public performance of that song during the first dance at their wedding (he flubbed that…oops). The song also, though, marked the turning point for the record, which he’d been working on for a while by that point.
“I had a lot of songs already planned” for the album, Brice told Radio.com. “But I didn’t know exactly what the whole feeling was going to be until I wrote ‘I Don’t Dance.’ I felt like it said, ‘This is who I am right now for this album space.'”
The song “I Don’t Dance” also represented some of the musical diversity that has always been a part of his life—and which is clearly exhibited on this album as well.
“I love all kinds of music, and most people do,” Brice said. “I love R&B, I love rock, I love blues and bluegrass.” So on his new album, “all of that stuff I wanted to show.”
Brice mentions one album that was a particular inspiration, Bruno Mars’ 2012 release Unorthodox Jukebox. “He took classic sounds and mixed them in with new, hip, innovative stuff. And I wanted to do that. I love an old-school steel guitar, ‘cuz I’m a country man. But I also hear some stuff in my head that’s not quite so classic country. So I wanted to be able to melt all that together.”
Brice also admits that he’s “kind of a dramatic person” and so likes that element in his music as well.
But the diversity remains vital. “When I started writing songs when I was ten, I was writing dramatic, deep love songs.” Later, though, he said that when he was little older and started playing out, “I realized that people want to hear music that gets them moving. So I started diving into that.”
But the slower songs aren’t just for Brice’s female fans. “Believe it or not, songs like ‘A Woman Like You,’ ‘Hard to Love’ or ‘I Don’t Dance’—it’s amazing how much guy response [I] get.”
Lee Brice interview conducted by Courtney Smith.
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