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Chris Young Talks About Touring with Lee Brice

01/26/2015 at 9:17 | courant.com

This winter, Young, 29, will co-headline a tour with Lee Brice. Young spoke about what to expect at the show, what he looks for in songs and co-writers and how it feels to reach the end of his twenties.

Interviewer: The upcoming tour with Lee Brice: what are some of the preparations for something like this?

Chris Young: Generally, every time we start a new year we try to get my band, my crew, all the trucks, all the staging and lighting out, knock the dust off of it, just make sure everything is working right, that the whole show is ready to go and whatever we’re changing, making different this year, we rehearse it for a couple days. We’re not going in blind, going “I think we’re just gonna fly by the seat of our pants.” But we’ll definitely have some rehearsals, me and Lee will probably get together at some point because I’m sure we’re going to want to do.

Interviewer: What do you find that’s complimentary about your styles? Why do you think that it works well that you’re going to be performing together?

CY: We’re both known as singers and songwriters, which sounds kind of weird to say, but some people aren’t really known for writing their own stuff. At one point or another we’ve both been nominated for Male Vocalist in the award shows. But saying that, I think both of our sounds are different. So I think that really plays off of each other. I’ve known Lee for probably a decade, so there’s not a whole lot of people that I would be really comfortable with going up and headlining on a tour like this. But having known him as long as I have, and knowing all the guys that he has on the road and him, knowing all my guys I have on the road… We toured together opening up for Brad Paisley a year ago, so we’ve just been around each other, we get along really well, and I think that’s just a really cool opportunity to have different sounds and slightly different fan bases that complement each other.

Interviewer: What attracts you to a song when you first hear it?

CY: When you look through thousands and thousands of songs for every record, I just think that the things that jump out at me or the things that I listen to and I have that instant reaction of, “Oh my God, yes, I want that.” And I do think it’s a go-with-your-gut feeling. That’s just always how I’ve kind of done it, when it comes to other people’s songs. It’s me going, “God, why didn’t I write that?”

Interviewer: Is there ever a temptation to play something new on the road, to just sort of bust something out?

CY: Not anymore, not as much as people film stuff. It would be damn near impossible to play something and not have it all over the Internet.

Interviewer: In your 20s, you won “Nashville Star,” you scored number one hits, and so on. That’s quite a decade. What do you want to accomplish in your 30s?

CY: I’ve been doing this for almost a decade and I’ve been on the same label. I’ve had six number ones, two top fives, and none of that really got started until I was probably 24. The first several years of my record deal, I didn’t have anything going on, just getting played on radio, get really as much exposure as possible, playing all over the place and being in different hotels, flying Southwest everyday. So it’s pretty cool to look back and see where it started and where it’s at right now. And it’s fun for me because I feel like I’m getting more and more comfortable with what I want to say, with the process is of making my show and making my record. Things are always evolving and my sound is always evolving, so I think it’s fun to look forward to what I have in the future and really feel like, I’ve got some great fans. I’ve got a great relationship, you know, with country radio, and they’ve done a lot for me as far as playing my stuff, and it’s just fun. I don’t feel like there’s any pressure really looking forward to what’s going to happen in the next 10 years.

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