Chase Rice Pens Anti-COVID-19 Anthem, ‘Dear Corona’
Chase Rice is putting his time social distancing to good use. The singer/songwriter took to Instagram to share a new…
Chase Rice; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Chase Rice is putting his time social distancing to good use.
The singer/songwriter took to Instagram to share a new song he wrote in the wake of the global outbreak of COVID-19.
Dubbed “Dear Corona,” the tune speaks to the recent surge of concert postponements and the resilience of country music fans.
“Dear Corona, you don’t know the heart of a country fan/ You don’t know that we don’t give a damn/ So you can reschedule Stagecoach, but you gotta understand/ That you don’t know the heart of a country fan,” he sings while picking an acoustic guitar. “We’re gonna show up, hold our drinks high, sing them songs about trucks and beer/ You’re gonna be met with a big f*** you, cause you ain’t welcome here/ Yeah, we gonna show up, hold our drinks high, sing them songs about trucks and beer/ You’re gonna be met with a big f*** you, cause you ain’t welcome here.”
Just days before sharing “Dear Corona,” the North Carolina native shared his opinion on all of the festivals and tours being rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“If it were up to me I wouldn’t cancel one damn show, but it ain’t. Today a lot of tours and shows got canceled or moved. I’m not throwing blame to any promoters or decision makers on this, they gotta protect themselves and the well being of people, so I get all sides of this deal,” he wrote. “I personally, choose not live scared, especially of something that I can’t really control, so ??YOU Corona(not the beer, I still love you). And mostly THANK YOU to fans all across the world. This thing has made me realize that there is no music without y’all. If I’ve gotta break it down to just me and a guitar on the bed of a truck and play to whoever shows up I’ll do it, love y’all.”
Rice recently dropped a surprise seven-song album, The Album Part I.
He believes it’s his best work to date and says that more new music is on the way.
“In fact, when I turned in The Album Part I [to my label], I kinda laughed at the screenshot on my phone,” he told Country Now earlier this year. “Because right underneath it [on the screen] is The Album Part II.”
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.