Chase Rice has been out on the road with Dierks Bentley the past several months, serving as his opening act on the Riser Tour. In addition to watching his show night after night and observing how to work a crowd, Chase also is walking away from the experience with a new friend in Dierks.
“Dierks is the man,” Chase tells Country Weekly. “I love Dierks. He's a buddy now, and he’s helped me in more ways than I can even explain.”
One instance in particular that Chase will always remember is the phone call he received from Dierks, out of the blue, to give the rising star some helpful advice about the music business when it came down to the wire for Chase to ink a record deal.
“When it came down to labels, I was talking to him quite a bit,” recalls Chase. “He took time out of his day—the day his Riser album came out—that day! He was probably pretty busy that day. I didn’t know that Riser came out that day. I got a call from him, and he’s talking to me about labels . . . giving me advice on all the people, good or bad, mostly good because he's not one to bash-talk anybody. He just gave me all the advice he could. We had like a 20-minute conversation. That night I got on my computer on iTunes, and I'm like, man, Riser came out today and he called me today on his day to talk to me? That’s just kind of how Dierks is.”
Chase will be able to use what he's learned from Dierks later this fall when he heads out on his own headlining Ignite the Night Tour, starting Sept. 5. His new album, Ignite the Night, will hit stores this Tuesday, Aug. 19.
For more on Chase, pick up the Aug. 25 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.