On the surface level, the song may present as an unexciting ode to partying and tailgates, and while it certainly verges on this territory, it handles the subject with a bit more intricacy than that. It details the narrator's journey to Nashville, and describes what country music has meant to him over the course of his lifetime. While bro-esque tinges are there, certainly, it comes off as more personal and reflective, rather than mindless pandering. Lyrically, it manages to blend anthemic concepts with storytelling muscle behind it, and the results are fairly effective.
Rice, while not the most technically proficient vocalist, sells it with a decent amount of authenticity. His mild rasp assists in helping the lyric come off as genuine, rather than phoned in. Melodically it soars, with an engaging structure and a hooky chorus to help it stand out, while the production blends country, pop, and rock to make for a captivating and atmospheric listen.
Chase Rice has rightfully been the victim of much criticism over the years, and in his defense, there may have been some label politics behind some decisions. That said, with "Three Chords & The Truth" and hopefully the subsequent Lambs & Lions album, we may be seeing him turn an artistic corner in his career.
Listen: "Three Chords & The Truth"
Author: Markus Meyer