Chase Bryant Is Playing For Large Crowds On Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider Tour

Photo by Weston Heflin
Photo by Weston Heflin
Photo by Weston Heflin

Rising star Chase Bryant is playing for large crowds as an opening act on Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider Tour, which will wrap up in September. The tour will come to Nashville’s Bridgestone Area on Aug. 15.

Born in 1992, the 22-year-old Bryant said he grew up listening to McGraw’s records and he is happy to be on the Shotgun Rider Tour. He said there are things he can pick up from watching McGraw perform.

Bryant said he tries to write as much as he can every day. “Every day is a new day and a new experience,” Bryant said.

He said he hasn’t had the opportunity to sit down and write a lot with current tour mates McGraw and Billy Currington, who is also part of the Shotgun Rider Tour. How have these three guys been spending their downtime? “With them, it’s a lot of working out.”

Last year, Bryant had the opportunity to open for Brantley Gilbert. “Brantley was like the opening of my career,” he said.

Also in 2014, Bryant release his single “Take It On Back,” which became his first top 10 hit on the country charts. He said that song is the reason people finally put a name to the face.

“It’s a song I’ll never get tired of playing,” he said of the song that he wrote with Dylan Altman and Tommy Lee James.

Bryant hasn’t even released a full CD yet. He released a five-song EP last September, which contained “Take It On Back” and “A Little Bit Of You,” which is Bryant’s current single. He is also featured in another EP, “Opry 9.0 Vol. 1, Discoveries From The Circle.” The five-song EP includes live Opry performances of two of Bryant’s songs, “Yours Tonight” and “Change Your Name,” along with live performances from Drake White and J.T. Hodges. “Yours Tonight” is not available on Bryant’s EP.

While Bryant is finishing his full-length CD, he is getting a lot of national attention. Bryant was featured on Sports Illustrated’s online program “SI Now” in February. Also in February, Bryant became only the third artist to sell out their first show at the popular “Joe’s Pub” in Chicago. In March, Bryant became the first country artist to be featured in Kia’s “Rediscovered” series, where Bryant was paired with Michael McDonald.

Rolling Stone Country also named Bryant as one of the “Top 10 Artists You Need To Know” for Spring, 2015.

Bryant called himself “a big guitar nerd,” as the Texas native collects guitars. He said he likes old Martins or old Fenders. “I’m always looking for something a little older,” he said. In order to see some of Bryant’s guitars, fans only have to watch him perform live. He said he plays many of the guitars on stage.

Bryant is left-handed, but that doesn’t limit his guitar selection. He plays a right handed guitar backwards.

Bryant is finding himself on the road a lot these days. In addition to the Shotgun Rider tour, Bryant is also playing a lot of fairs and other shows through this summer and early fall.

He is also an avid fisherman. He said he likes to fish in places like Florida, Oregon and Maine, adding that it is also nice to go back home to Texas.

Bryant would like to thank his fans for being a part of his career and a part of the music.

There’s no doubt that he loves writing songs and playing music. “I hope to be doing this a lot longer,” he said.

Fans can connect with Bryant on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChaseBryantMusic), Twitter (@chasebryant), and Instagram (@iamchasebryant). More information and tour dates can be found at Bryant’s website at www.chasebryant.com.