Chase Rice went back to his old stompin’ grounds earlier this week to perform a pop-up show at one of University of North Carolina’s popular dive bars – He’s Not Here. It was pretty epic.
“Kids were jumping over walls trying to get in, singing every song,” Rice says, noting with disbelief that the bar was packed beyond capacity within hours of word getting out about the impromptu show. “To see fellow Carolina students drop everything they had going on and completely pack He’s Not out was one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced in music. It’s an unbelievable honor to know my music has had such an impact on the University Of North Carolina. This was just a small bar that I used to go to because they had big blue cups full of beer for cheap, and now we’ve filled it with fans screaming my music.”
“I carry that big blue cup on stage with me every single night, and I’m usually the only one in the whole place with it,” he adds. “But last night, we ALL had them, held high, proudly singing ‘a He’s Not buzz’ at the top of our lungs. We finally got to bring it home to where it all started — where I learned to play guitar, where I wrote my first song after my dad died, where I went from an 18-year-old kid to a 22-year-old graduate who finally realized music was his dream.”