SINGLE REVIEW: Lee Brice – ‘Boy’

Lee Brice is Mr Consistent. With 4 chart-toppers to his name, he’s in that B-List category and has creeped his way up the country ladder with his brand of hearty country, staying true to himself and his loyal fan base with every release. Occasionally, Lee pops up with a real ‘WOW’ track – CMA-nominated ‘I Don’t Dance’ being the most recent. When he gets it right, he gets it very right, and he offers something with a little more depth than much of country radio’s regular output. I’m a big fan and have been wishing to see Lee’s name on the C2C line-up for some time.

His new single, and the first track released from his upcoming self-titled album, is titled ‘Boy’. It was written by Nicole Galyon and Jon Nite, who were also the brains behind Keith Urban’s ‘We Were Us’ with Miranda Lambert. Lee Brice is expecting his third child, a girl, very shortly, but this track is a dedication to his two sons Takoda and Ryker. Speaking about the track, Lee said:

“The first thing I saw when I heard this song was me and my Daddy. Right after that I saw my little boys. I wanted to get more of a live feeling, not perfected. I’d already played the song live one time with one microphone and thought I’d found some magic, so I wanted to get something close to that magic. As soon as you hear the first word, you’re in”

 It’s such a heart-warming track illustrating the love between a father and son, and the power of a father’s influence, wanting his son to grow up to be just like him. Through the ups and downs of life, whatever mistakes are made, the son will always be his boy. Lyrically, it’s brutally open, honest and really tugs on the heart strings.

You’re gonna drive and kiss
And throw a punch
And grow up way too fast
You’re gonna drop the ball
Hit the wall
And break some hearts like glass
I know you will, ’cause you’re a part of me
And a part of you will always be a boy

An incredibly powerful chorus, delivered with such passion and emotion by Lee with his raspy vocal. Melodically, as Lee set out to do, it’s stripped-back and feels raw like a live recording. Lee’s voice soars over the subtle instrumentation. It’s a genius move, giving the track a vulnerability and such realness with the magnificent lyrics at the forefront. It’s a masterpiece, surely destined for song of the year nominations, and it’s another #1 hit in waiting for Lee.

Surely, it’s only a matter of time until we see Lee gracing UK stages. Sooner rather than later, I hope.

Dan Wharton (@LifeInASong_Dan)