Good Afternoon Travis! Thank you so much for talking with Battered and Brewed!
What are some of the family recipes you grew up with?
In typical southern fashion, we had a lot of casseroles like sweet potato and broccoli, fried cabbage, and fried apple pies!
Was there ever music playing in the kitchen growing up?
All the time! Mom always kept a radio in the kitchen and it was usually tuned to a country station!
Give us an example of a cooking music playlist you would put together.
Oh that would have to be good mood music for sure! Complete with Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, and maybe some Blackhawk.
Do you like to cook at home, or prefer to eat out?
I love eating at home! I cook every chance I get! Unless there is food at Mom and Dad’s, then I’m definitely going there!
Being a Nashvillian, what are some of your favorite dishes and where are the best places to find them?
When I’m eating out in Nashville, my go-to’s are Demos’ and Taco Mamacita! Demos’ is great American eating and Taco Mamacita is, of course, tacos (and the best in town)!
What’s your favorite ingredient to cook with?
When I’m cooking, it’s all about the spices! I have the four that I use on everything! Salt (course ground), black pepper (also course ground), garlic, and ground cayenne pepper! It doesn’t matter what I’m cooking, you can pretty much bet it’s getting these four ingredients!
Which four things are always in your home refrigerator?
Milk, eggs, orange juice, and bacon!
What was your biggest cooking disaster?
Hmm…I’d have to say it was when I was little and I tried to make a can of potato soup taste like my moms homemade potato soup. I took a can of potato soup and added spray can cheese because we were out of the other cheese…and then I added too much salt! I had my heat too high and scorched it. I was cooking it for dad and myself, he felt so bad for me, he ate it anyway…it was TERRIBLE!
What food is your food vice? You know, one you sneak in a little extra of when no one is looking.
Mom’s fried apple pies are my absolute favorite and I will eat them until they are gone – whether it’s a few or a whole batch!
Do you have a favorite brew/wine?
We have a local winery back home in Crossville, Tennessee called Stonehaus and that it’s my favorite!
What’s a typical day like for you (food-wise) when you’re at home and how is that different from when you are on tour?
When I’m at home, I grill a lot! Pork chops and steak. On the road it’s hard to do this so I end up eating a lot more fried food…
What’s the most memorable meal you have had being on tour?
We played a show in Eastern Kentucky and it was catered with steak, chicken, and fish plus all the trimmings. There was also some of the best pineapple I’ve ever eaten! Plus an open bar of top shelf to boot!
Aside from your passion for food and music, what’s the one thing that really keeps you ticking?
Water! Anyone that knows me knows that I’m the happiest when I’m on the water! Lake, creek, or ocean, it’s my happy place!
You have had great success with “Women, Water, and Beer” and have a new song “When the Fish Didn’t Bite,” that was just released. What was the inspiration behind these songs.
The short answer is “life”! The songs I write come from the experiences that I have. It’s a look into my world…whether its a carefree moment like “Women, Water and Beer” or a deeper appreciation of loved ones like “When the Fish Didn’t Bite.” -It’s all part of my journey!
What’s next for you musically?
We are in the process of finishing up the next single and shooting a music video to release first quarter 2017.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or drink with anyone, who would it be and what would you have?
If I had to pick anyone to have a meal with, it would have to be Clint Eastwood! I can only imagine the wisdom and the amazing stories he has accrued over the years! I would love to pick his brain over a meal of a huge medium rare steak, a baked potato,maybe some grilled asparagus, and of course, a nice Crown and Sprite!
Wrapping up a successful summer with his hit single Women, Water and Beer, Travis Rice releases his next single, a fan loved favorite song entitled, When the Fish Didn’t Bite.
What started off as simply incorporating over 100 photos of his loyal fans in a lyric video for the song this past June in honor of Father’s Day, has now turned into Rice switching plans and releasing it to country radio. “Social media blew up when we released the video,” shares Rice. “I received so many messages that I knew there was something special right there. I felt it deserved to be the next single.”
This song tells the tale of Rice’s childhood days spent with his father and the life lessons he learned from those fishing trips. “Those fishing trips were so much deeper than just spending time with him; he was teaching me how to live and how to be a man.” Life lessons that included: “Treat a women like a queen cause that’s just what she is,” “Learn to take your time son, this life it ain’t a race,” to name a few. Writer: Travis Rice Producer: Noah Henson (producer for Kane Brown’s EP Closer and guitarist for Brantley Gilbert).
About Travis Rice: With bold vocals and a rugged allure, this Tennessee native has come a long way from small town bars to the bright lights of Music City. He has shared the stage with the likes of Colt Ford, Craig Morgan, Randy Travis and Travis Tritt and also participated this year in his first ever CMA Music Festival in Nashville, signing autographs and meeting fans in the Fan Fair X exhibit hall. This baritone vocalist received great praise including earning the DisCovery Award from renowned music critic Robert K. Oermann and “…the next big male country star in country music” from Digital Journal. Rice’s confident baritone voice and winning stage presence have earned the adoration of country music fans for several years as he performs all around the country. “If you want to know who I am, just listen to my music. It’s a snapshot of what was happening in my life during that time.” With real emotion embedded in his songs, Rice is destined to remind fans and performers why we all love and connect with country music.
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