Florida Seafood Festival Director President John Solomon said, “We got lucky when we booked Lee Brice.”
A year ago, when the festival directors chose Brice for this year’s Saturday night concert, he was a rising star. Since then, he has sky rocketed into fame.
Brice, born June 10, 1979, is signed toCurb Records. His highest-charting single is "A Woman Like You", which reached number one in April. He also had Billboard's Top Country Song of 2010 with "Love Like Crazy", the title track to his2010 debut album; the song spent 56 weeks on theHot Country Songschart, peaking at number three and setting a record for the longest run in the chart's history. In addition to title track “Hard 2 Love” his second album produced the platinum hit “A Woman Like You.”
But there’s more to Brice than talent and bad boy good looks. He’s a nice guy. Brice may look like a pro football player but beneath that rugged exterior is the heart of a teddy bear.
Traveling from a friend’s wedding in Thomasville, he was a little late on Saturday night. Nobody minded with songbird Lisa Shaffer from Nashville on the stage. The beautiful and talented songstress continued to perform without complaint.
When the star arrived about 30 minutes late, a group of fans lucky enough to obtain admission passes to the Bud Light Meet and Greet were anxiously huddled outside the gate, waiting to shake his hand or ask for an autograph. Barely breaking stride, Brice popped into his tour bus to get his bearings and in less than five minutes, was back outside, ready to make new friends.
The plan had been to allow only pass holders into the backstage area, but Solomon said when Brice saw most were accompanied by family members or friends, he asked his security and seafood festival staff to allow everyone inside. Perhaps 100 people lined up to speak to him and he had a genuine word and a warm smile for each of them.
He autographed items ranging from t-shirts, both occupied and unoccupied, to cell phones, to arms, to sneakers and hats. He took time to speak to everyone in line and made sure each fan was photographed with him.
The concert was well worth the short wait. Brice gave a dazzling performance to the happy and excited crowd. Girls blew him kisses, held their hearts and some even cried. He was toasted again and again, and kept the crowd on its feet and dancing for over an hour.
After the concert, he took time to speak to several people waiting backstage. One youngster said she loved to play the drums and Brice dispatched one of his staffers to fetch a drumstick which he then autographed and presented to her as a token of his encouragement to pursue her musical dreams.
He then invited members of the festival board to join him in his bus where they watched the Alabama/LSU football game and talked about music, football, fairs and fishing.
Brice asked Solomon if he would join him on a fishing trip on Sunday. Solomon said his festival duties wouldn’t allow him to take the day off but his staff overruled him.
Solomon and Brice spent Sunday afternoon on the bay. “I’ve been doing this for five years now,” said Solomon. “I’ve been around a lot of stars but there has been nobody as polite and as giving as this guy here.”
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