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We’re talking roots and writing songs for your music idols on this edition of #MomentsWithDiamond featuring country singer-songwriters Lee Brice, Cole Swindell and Randy Houser.
Houser hails from the small town of Lake, Mississippi, so he didn’t have quite the cliché start of playing music on the city streets. But like every musician, he had to start somewhere – taking the “stage” to the porch, bonfires and tailgates. He grew up idolizing Willie Nelson, and now the highlight of his career has been writing the title track for Nelson’s latest studio album, “First Rose of Spring.”
Lee Brice and Randy Houser also reminisce on their summer spent touring with Nelson on the 2011 Country Throwdown Tour.
“When we got to hang with him, you got to really know, number one just sweet, humble and then on top of that hilarious, funny, brilliant, just witty,” said Brice. “He’s everything and more.”
For Cole Swindell, he got his start primarily as a songwriter, creating hits for Luke Brian, Scotty McCreery and more. When asked if he has any regrets about giving some of those songs away, he always says no – that was how he could afford to pay the bills back then!
Lee Brice had a similar humble beginning, but couldn’t pass up an opportunity to let Garth Brooks record his song “More Than a Memory.”
“When Garth Brooks calls and goes, ‘Hey Lee, this is Garth,'” said Lee. “He said, ‘Man, I heard this song that you wrote and I was wondering you would be OK if I recorded it’ – and I’m like, I’m eating a hamburger from McDonalds because I can’t afford to put the cheese on the burger.”
A moment like that, is something you can’t pass up – plus, as the songwriter, Brice still gets to sing the song during his own shows anyways! “More Than a Memory” landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on the day it released, which was a first in both Brice’s career and the history of the Billboard charts.
Check out the videos below to get the full scoop.
Catch Lee Brice, Cole Swindell and Randy Houser live on stage at their upcoming #DiamondLIVE shows – check out our full event calendar to see when they’ll be performing next.