Lee Brice: "Things are as good as I can even imagine. It's really at a good point right now. I'm excited about everything."


Rising country star Lee Brice has a lot on his mind these days.

He's crisscrossing the country - sunny Florida one day, freezing South Dakota the next - working on a new album and planning a wedding.

He and longtime girlfriend Sarah Reevely are planning a small family ceremony in Branson, Mo., at the end of April. Until then, Brice is on the road nearly constantly, including a stop at Country Thunder in Florence to open for Toby Keith April 13.

"It's been an amazing story with us and I'm a lucky guy to finally be able to tie her down," said Brice. The couple has a 4 1/2-year-old son. "We're going to have a quiet ceremony with family and we're going to take off and go to a beach somewhere and have us a honeymoon for seven days."

Brice ("Love Like Crazy," "A Woman Like You," "Hard to Love") plans to enjoy the downtime. In May he heads out with Brad Paisley for a tour that takes him through the summer.

"Things are as good as I can even imagine. It's really at a good point right now. I'm excited about everything," Brice said, admitting he is tempted nearly daily to pinch himself and make sure it's not all a dream.

"We've all been working so hard for so long so for all of this to be hitting and working and firing on all cylinders, it's just great to be where we're at after all this time," said the 32-year-old South Carolina native, who has been pursuing his career on a national stage for seven years. Brice had his first radio hit with "Love Like Crazy" in 2009, the year he released his debut album.

Although he will be off the eligible bachelor list in a few weeks, "I'll still be a single man at Country Thunder," he joked. "It's one of my last shows as a single man."

Local angle

Check out Tucson's own Cooper Meza Band in the VIP tent area throughout the festival. The band will perform during set breaks all day next Thursday through April 14.