Rice has clever take on new country sound

August 18, 2014 5:13 PM

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On "Do It Like This," country singer Chase Rice suggests he and his friends prefer pulling out a fiddle at a back-country bonfire to dancing under a disco ball. But the track contradicts that sentiment by employing several pop and hip-hop influences more befitting an urban dance floor than a rural, electricity-free setting.

"Do It Like This" from his new album "Ignite the Night" opens with the sound of a scratching turntable, a vocoder-altered voice track, and an electronic drum pattern — even the banjo sounds like a looped sample. Those conventions put Rice on the side of those country artists currently pushing a cros...

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