Chase Rice is putting his time social distancing to good use.
The singer/songwriter took to Instagram to share a new song he wrote in the wake of the global outbreak of COVID-19.
Dubbed “Dear Corona,” the tune speaks to the recent surge of concert postponements and the resilience of country music fans.
“Dear Corona, you don’t know the heart of a country fan/ You don’t know that we don’t give a damn/ So you can reschedule Stagecoach, but you gotta understand/ That you don’t know the heart of a country fan,” he sings while picking an acoustic guitar. “We’re gonna show up, hold our drinks high, sing them songs about trucks and beer/ You’re gonna be met with a big f*** you, cause you ain’t welcome here/ Yeah, we gonna show up, hold our drinks high, sing them songs about trucks and beer/ You’re gonna be met with a big f*** you, cause you ain’t welcome here.”
Just days before sharing “Dear Corona,” the North Carolina native shared his opinion on all of the festivals and tours being rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“If it were up to me I wouldn’t cancel one damn show, but it ain’t. Today a lot of tours and shows got canceled or moved. I’m not throwing blame to any promoters or decision makers on this, they gotta protect themselves and the well being of people, so I get all sides of this deal,” he wrote. “I personally, choose not live scared, especially of something that I can’t really control, so 🖕🏼YOU Corona(not the beer, I still love you). And mostly THANK YOU to fans all across the world. This thing has made me realize that there is no music without y’all. If I’ve gotta break it down to just me and a guitar on the bed of a truck and play to whoever shows up I’ll do it, love y’all.”
Rice recently dropped a surprise seven-song album, The Album Part I.
He believes it’s his best work to date and says that more new music is on the way.
“In fact, when I turned in The Album Part I [to my label], I kinda laughed at the screenshot on my phone,” he told Country Now earlier this year. “Because right underneath it [on the screen] is The Album Part II.”