Lee Brice on Getting to the Grammys

You’d think Lee Brice would be busy working on an acceptance speech for Sunday’s (Jan. 26) Grammy Awards . He’s nominated for best country solo performance and best country song for “I Drive Your Truck.” But right now, he’s still working on how he’s going to get there.

“I’m playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday (Jan. 25) in New York City with Luke Bryan, and then I have to be in Los Angeles for the Grammys by 11 Sunday morning,” Brice told me Monday (Jan. 20) when he was in Chicago. “And commercial flights don’t fly that late, so I really don’t know yet how I’m going to get there.”

But where there’s a will, there’s a way. And Brice seems very willing to go to the show and hear his name called for a song he’s so thankful to be a part of. “I Drive Your Truck” was written by Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary and Jessi Alexander.

“The best country song is, to me, the song’s award,” Brice said. “But I’m also nominated for the performance, and I’m really proud of that. It was one of those songs that, when I heard it, it made me feel like I felt when I was growing up loving country music. Like those old songs that just killed me. Even newer ones do that for me, like ‘In Color’ or ‘The House That Built Me.’ Songs that are ridiculously amazing and ones that have some truth to them. ‘Truck’ was destined to be something special.”

I also asked Brice at what point in the song he knew it had that something special.

“‘Eighty-nine cents in the ashtray,’” he said of the song’s opening lyric. “I was like, ‘Boom. In.’”

Brice also hopes that just by having a song on the Grammy nominee list, his music might bring in a few more listeners.

“Depending on the song, you might reach people you didn’t reach before, and so to them, you’re brand new,” he said.

That will be a big perk. But on when the Grammy Awards show airs live from Staples Center, the best part of Brice’s night will already be by his side.

“My favorite thing about any kind of awards show is seeing my wife in those dresses,” he said, adding that his wife Sara already has her pre-pregnancy body back just six weeks after their second son was born.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.