Chase Rice just announced plans to release a new album, I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell, and revealed that his late father will appear on the album art.
The country star shared the news on Thursday (Nov. 17), a special day for him as it marks his parents’ anniversary. Choosing this date to announce his next project was no accident. It coincides with the sentiment behind this record that starts with an image of his late father, Daniel on the front, and a current photo of his dog Jack on the back.
The old photo of his dad speaks for itself as it sums up the themes of nostalgia and authenticity that will be heard in this forthcoming record, which is something Rice is extremely proud of.
“My dad was one of those good guys you read about – tough, hard-working, always helping other people out. I try to live my life in a way that would make him proud,” Rice shared. “I haven’t always measured up to that, but I get closer to that man I want to be and the man he’d be proud of every single day. Making this album was a big step towards that musically, too – not only is it the most true to myself I’ve ever been, it’s also a sound he’d enjoy listening to. I’ve always wanted to honor him by using this photo as an album cover, and I finally feel like I have the songs that deserve to have his picture on them. I can’t wait for y’all to hear it.”
Since his dad grew up riding horses, racing horses and living on a horse farm, he is a true cowboy at heart. Having this photo on the front and Jack on the back perfectly reflects both aspects of the title, I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell, which is a combination of two songs featured on the 13-track collection.
“I love the idea of, you know, having that one man who’s been the most important person in my life, who’s been the most influential person in my life on the front,” Rice told Country Now. “Then on the back, I really wanted the new phase of my life, which is having a dog and understanding for the first time in my life what it’s like to have responsibility like that.”
Upon first glance, the title appears to include derogatory feelings towards cowboys and dogs, but the reality behind the songs is far from that.
“Those two songs together, the way they sounded together, it wasn’t about making something so crazy that people wanna listen to it, it wasn’t that at all,” he explained. “They’re two of my favorite songs on the album and it’s such a perfect example of who I am as a person.”
I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell was recorded at the “Ready Set Roll” singer’s rural Tennessee home-turned-studio. In 2020, Rice made the decision to strip things back and start making the music he wanted to make. Since he couldn’t tour and was stuck at home, he was left with only stillness and the volume of his own thoughts.
This led to the decision that he wouldn’t write with click tracks and instead, simply embrace the raw, natural sounds they created. “I wanna focus on these songs and make the songs the best they could possibly be before I start focusing on anything else.”
After a bit of reflection and a lot of solitude, Rice found himself in a deep state of creativity unlike anything he had been able to unleash before. He picked up his guitar and let his heart guide him through the writing process for this next project, which took place within a two-week time period alongside producer Oscar Charles and a live band.
In doing so, he made some discoveries about himself and the direction he wants to take his music going forward. This next album will be a collection of songs, unlike anything Rice has ever created.
“I’ve listened to a lot of songs that I’ve put out in the past and I’ve had some great stuff and I’ve had some stuff that I’m not proud of. I knew for a fact that the new stuff that I was doing was awesome and I loved it. I personally loved it and I believed me when I sang it. So when that happened and when I was fed up with how I was starting to act or how I’ve been acting, I realized that the other way was so much more realistic and so much more real to who I am as a person. I found so much joy from it that there was no way I was going back to the other way.”
The new music serves as a follow-up to his three-part project, The Album, which features his latest No. 1 hit, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen. (feat. Florida Georgia Line)” and his platinum-certified Top 10 hit, “Lonely If You Are.”
Rice has already given fans a taste of what’s to come on the project with tracks like “If I Were Rock & Roll,” “Key West & Colorado,” and his newest song, “Way Down Yonder.”
It’s important to note that while some titles in this project may feel risky at first glance, there’s so much more to uncover through his personal storytelling.
“I’d never had the self-confidence to say what I wanted to say, to be the person I wanted to be. It’s easy to say that’s who you are, however, it’s scary sometimes to genuinely live your truth regardless of outside expectations. That’s why this record is so important. It is my truth and this moment in my life. And I did not want to be afraid to take it too far.”
Chase Rice is set to release I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell on February 10, 2023. His next performance is set for January 20 in Riviera Maya, Mexico as part of Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa festival.
I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell Track List:
1. Walk That Easy (Chase Rice, William Reames, Barton Davies, Jonathan Sherwood, Oscar Charles)
2. All Dogs Go To Hell (Chase Rice, Joshua Miller, John Byron)
3. Way Down Yonder (Chase Rice, Hunter Phelps, John Byron, Blake Pendergrass, Corey Crowder)
4. Key West & Colorado (Chase Rice, Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Blake Pendergrass, John Byron, Hunter
5. Bench Seat (Chase Rice)
6. Life Part Of Livin’ (Chase Rice)
7. Bad Day To Be A Cold Beer (Chase Rice, Blake Pendergrass, John Byron, Justin Thomas)
8. Oklahoma feat. Read Southall Band (Chase Rice, William Reames, Barton Davies, Jonathan Sherwood, Oscar
Charles, Read Southall)
9. I Walk Alone (Chase Rice, Jaxson Free, Josh Hoge)
10. Sorry Momma (Chase Rice, Hunter Phelps, Ben Johnson)
11. If I Were Rock & Roll (Album Version) (Chase Rice)
12. Goodnight Nancy feat. Boy Named Banjo (Chase Rice, Oscar Charles, Barton Davies, William Reames,
13. I Hate Cowboys (Chase Rice, Michael Hardy, Ross Copperman, Brad Tursi)