Before every show, Chase Bryant writes up a set list of the songs he and his band will play. He almost never sticks to it.
“People always ask me what I’m going to be playing,” he said in a phone interview. He was sitting on the front porch of his Nashville home, the day before he was planning to set out to play several dates in Florida. “It’s always going to be a high-energy show. It depends on the mood, sometimes the crowd needs to get up off their butts so we’ll plays something that will get them on their feet.”
Bryant, the country star known for such hits as “Take It on Back” and “Little Bit of You,” will be in Bradenton this weekend, for a Saturday show at Joyland.
Besides his silky singing and his smart country-pop songwriting, Bryant’s known as one of the hottest young guitarists in country music. He taught himself to play when he was very young — so young he didn’t even know how to hold the guitar the right way — so he has always played his guitar upside-down and backwards. He’s right handed but plays left-handed, and the high strings are on the top instead of the bottom. That helps give his guitar playing a distinctive sound.
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“The guys UI grew up listening to, guys like Brad Paisley and Vince Gill, they were all guitarists, not just singers,” he said. “Those are the guys I’ve always looked up to.”