(EBM) Viewers will have the chance to see Chase Rice return to his roots for the first time as a headlining artist at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and its Tar Heels in a new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown premiering today, April 23 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
Rice filmed the episode during a recent tour stop at the university on Campus Events Network Presents College Days, Country Nights: The Chase Rice Back to College Tour, which is his fourth headlining run after opening for Kenny Chesney on The Big Revival Tour 2015 and consistently selling out 2,000 - 3,000 seat capacity venues on his JD and Jesus Tour last fall.
Currently at work on his next Columbia Nashville / Dack Janiels Records album expected in late 2016, Rice seized the opportunity to hit the road this spring and perform his new music for what Pollstar notes is "the most discerning crowd there is: college kids."
"Music has taken me all over the country, all over the world these last couple of years, and it's given me a life I only could've dreamed about when I was in college," Rice said upon returning to his former stomping grounds at UNC and even touring the campus football facilities where he used to train as a linebacker for the team. "But Carolina will always have my heart. I will always be a Tar Heel, and that makes this particular show really special to me. I learned a lot about life while I was here, not just as a student or a football player but getting injured and losing my dad when I was a senior in school - those experiences changed my life forever. Ultimately, they brought me to music and so it's really cool to bring it all back to where it started."
The Chase Rice Back to College Tour continues tonight at Southern Illinois University and concludes at the University of New Hampshire on May 7, after which Rice will continue to perform select headlining shows and festivals throughout the summer.
Chase Rice Live Dates:
Sunday, April 24 - Off the Rails Music Fest - Frisco, Texas
Saturday, April 30 - Suwannee River Jam - Live Oak, Fla.
Thursday, May 12 - Soul Kitchen - Mobile, Ala.
Friday, May 13 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, N.C.
Thursday, May 19 - Clarksburg Amphitheater - Clarksburg, W.V.
Friday, May 20 - Celebrate Virginia After Hours - Fredericksburg, Va.
Saturday, May 21 - Innsbrook After Hours - Glen Allen, Va.
Thursday, June 2 - The Rialto Theatre - Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, June 4 - Country Summer 2016 - Santa Rosa, Calif.
Friday, June 10 - Country Fest - North Lawrence, Ohio
Saturday, June 11 - Carolina Country Music Fest - Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Friday, June 17 - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Ill.
Saturday, June 18 - Country USA - Oshkosh, Wisc.
Sunday, June 19 - Country Fest - Cadott, Wisc.
Friday, June 24 - Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, June 25 - Country Stampede - Manhattan, Kan.
Saturday, July 9 - Buchanan County Fair - Independence, Iowa
Sunday, July 10 - Summerfest - Milwaukee, Wisc.
Friday, July 15 - Windy City Smokeout - Chicago, Ill.
Saturday, July 16 - Country Fan Fest - Tooele, Utah
Friday, July 22 - Night in the Country Music Festival - Yerington, Nev.
Friday, July 29 - Creekfest - Cherokee, Iowa
Saturday, July 30 - Buffalo County Fair - Kearney, Neb.
Sunday, July 31 - Cape Blanco Country Music Festival - Sixes, Ore.
Friday, Aug. 5 - Buckle Up Music Festival - Cincinnati, Ohio
Sunday, Aug. 7 - Boots and Hearts Festival - Oro-Medonte, Ont.
Wednesday, Aug. 10 -Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo - Sikeston, Mo.
Saturday, Aug. 13 - Willamette Country Music Festival - Brownsville, Ore.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 - Midland County Fair - Midland, Mich.
Friday, Aug. 26 - Dutchess County Fair - Rhinebeck, N.Y.
Saturday, Aug. 27 - Keloorah Festival - Brooklyn, Mich.
Sunday, Sept. 4 - Tumbleweed Music Festival - Kansas City, Mo.
Saturday, Sept. 10 - York Fair - York, Pa.
Saturday, Sept. 17 - City of Buford Fall Festival - Buford, Ga.
College Days, Country Nights: The Chase Rice Back to College Tour.
Saturday, April 23 - SIU Arena - Carbondale, Ill.
Friday, April 29 - EGSC Bobcat Athletics Complex - Swainsboro, Ga.
Friday, May 6 - Ives Concert Park - Danbury, Conn.
Saturday, May 7 - University of New Hampshire - Durham, N.H.