Chase Rice Calls New Single with Florida Georgia Line His Way to ‘Celebrate 2020’

by Matthew Wilson
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Chase Rice celebrates 2020 with Florida Georgia Line. Recently, Rice dropped a collaboration with the country music group called “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.”

Rice said it’s the perfect way to sum up 2020 and bring it to a close. Rice released the collaboration on Nov. 30 and followed up the release with an acoustic version of the song. It’s Rice’s first collaboration with Florida Georgia Line since “Cruise.” But he’s been friends with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley for years.

“It’s a celebration of the year we’ve been forced to have,” Rice told American Songwriter. “I’ve sat around more fires and dinner tables. I’ve had more deep conversations with friends and made friends that weren’t friends before.”

“I can’t think of a better song to celebrate 2020, as opposed to people continuing to say it’s been the worst year ever. It has been brutal—but also a blessing,” he continued.

Chase Rice Wrote the Song Before the Pandemic

Rice co-wrote the song with Hunter Phelps, Cale Dodds, and Florida-Georgia Line’s producer, Corey Crowder. He revealed in a press release that they actually wrote the song prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We actually wrote this song before the pandemic, which is crazy because it’s almost like God was intervening in the song just to say, ‘Hey y’all, get ready. You’re gonna have a lot of time to sit around a fire, drink some beer and hang out with me,'” Rice said.

In recent months, Rice has been critical of COVID-19 protocols. He expressed a desire to return to live audience concerts and has been vocal about it. Rice said he put some of his frustrations and feelings regarding the pandemic into the song.

“How can we sit here and complain about something that’s not in our control?” Rice told American Songwriters. “I try not to do that, but we all have our moments of letting our feelings get the best of us. I feel like the best way for me to let my feelings get the best of me in to put it in a song.”