Nov 10, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels fans cheer during the first half at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Former Tar Heel linebacker Chase Rice releases new album today

Former North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Chase Rice has made a name for himself in the country music industry following stints on the college football field, in a NASCAR pit crew, and on Survivor. Now, Rice has released a new album titled “Ignite the Night.”

Here is an excerpt from the song titled “Carolina Can” that talks about Rice’s Carolina roots.

That tobacco town where I grew up
The tailgate down on a jacked up truck
A ring we earned cause we owned that state
A tombstone with my daddy’s name
Now the six string dream on a crazy course
Has got my compass losing North
And I need someone to remind me who I am
Oh, Carolina can

It was faded blue denim on Franklin Street
A hazelnut buzz, a house band beat
It was a summer heat dragging me to a fifth year fall
It was classes skipped cause the room couldn’t teach
What we learned three days on a rice filled beach
With my high school love, short hair
And that sweet hometown southern drawl

You can find the entire album here and go help a fellow Tar Heel out and buy it on iTunes!

Earlier this summer, we talked to Rice about his Carolina roots. Here is an excerpt from our piece titled “Carolina Still Home to Country Music star Chase Rice”

[Chase Rice] is still jamming now, just in front of large crowds of not just friends but of thrilled country music aficionados. Wherever he sings, however, he can spot the Carolina blue among the throngs of fans. “It could be Seattle, Washington, or Wyoming. I saw someone wearing a Carolina hat, and every time I see it I point to them, give them a nod, you know. I’m a Tar Heel, I always will be.”

He even outlines a time playing in Raleigh, the heart of Wolfpack country, and still finding the Carolina blue among the sea of faces. “I wore my Tar Heel baseball jersey. I went to the baseball game earlier that day, and I’m on stage rocking my Tar Heel blue. The coolest part about that was I was expecting some boos but there were all Tar Heels in the house.”

Let us know in the comments what your favorite song is from Rice’s new album!

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