Rick's Cafe presents


Sam Riggs

Thu, April 20, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$25.00 - $30.00

This event is 18 and over

Fame often has a chilling effect on one’s psyche. However much as he’s done his entire
life, when faced with a No. 1 major label debut album in 2014’s Ignite the Night, as well
as a pair of Top 5 singles with the RIAA Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and Goldcertified
“Gonna Wanna Tonight,” Chase Rice turned his cheek and took the path less
traveled. As he readily recounts, the country music maverick has only grown more selfaware,
mature and grateful in the wake of his success. “I’m a different person in a lot of
ways,” Rice says looking back at his younger self, who moved to Nashville following the
sudden death of his father “having no clue what the hell I was doing,” wrote a batch of
killer songs and went for broke in the country music industry. “I was searching,” Rice
says. “I didn’t know who I was as an artist. But now, it’s a new me. It’s a whole new
deal. Now I know exactly where I am in life.” He laughs. “Well, not exactly. But I’ve got
a better idea, anyway.”
The past few years have been monumental ones for Rice: following the release of Ignite
the Night, the 31-year-old budding superstar toured the world with four massive
headlining tours and stadium-show opening runs for country megastars including Kenny
Chesney and Dierks Bentley. “I was just having fun. I was riding the wave,” he says.
Most recently, Rice released a new single from his forthcoming studio album,
“Everybody We Know Does,” a rowdy rocker he says instantly took him back in his
mind to the Fairview, North Carolina farm on which he was raised. “I wanted to have an
in-the-moment song of what me and my friends do and how we live,” he says of the song,
which his ultra-dedicated fanbase has already responded to with adoration. “People
showing up, being so passionate about my music, that makes me proud of this life and
what we – my band, my team and I – have built, man,” he continues. “When crowds are
showing up singing non-singles louder than the singles, that gives me the confidence that
they’ve got my back and that these songs are their lives, too.”
Despite his swelling popularity, Rice still says he sees himself and his longtime band as
underdogs. It’s a healthy mindset, he says, that keeps the fire burning in his belly. “It
allows you to still have that drive, still have that reason to keep trying to move forward
and make the music better,” he explains. “When I’m the underdog, look out. When
someone tells me we’re not going to do something, you’d better get your ass ready,
because we’re gonna do it!”
Rice admits the enormous success of the Gold-certified Ignite the Night caught him by
surprise. It’s not that he wasn’t confident in his songs, he says, but rather that the project
was him “throwing darts on a map and seeing where we were gonna go.” Still, even as
his career exploded, Rice says the death of his father when the singer was only 22 loomed
large. Turning to God and, in turn, releasing himself of the associated burden of his pain
gave him permission to be his best self. “You’d be shocked at the amount of pressure it
takes off your shoulders,” he says. It also freed him up to follow his creative muse like
never before. “Someone who is lost is going to follow the crowd,” Rice says. “Someone
who knows where they’re going and is their own person is going to chart their own
“It’s still a continuous climb up the mountain,” Rice, who says he’s never been more
“open and honest” in song, says of evolving his craft and looking forward to what the
future holds for him. Ask him though what propels him forward and the country star will
tell you it’s undoubtedly a continuous drive to prove his earliest fans right. “You guys
chose to bet on me as one of your favorite artists back when it was just 500 people in a
room,” he wants them to know. “I told you we were doing this thing and that I couldn’t
do it without you. And now we’re doing it!”
Sam Riggs
Sam Riggs
Sam Riggs is one of those rare talents that takes off so quick, it seems like it happened overnight. In one year's time the Austin-based artist has gone from opening act across the major Midwest venues to headliner. His songwriting wizardry, his on stage star appeal and his motion picture quality music videos have continued to ensnare the media's attention on a national level.

With the release of his latest album "Outrun The Sun," Sam Riggs has emerged as one of the most talked about artists in the independent music scene. Months before the album was released, "When The Lights Go Out" commandeered the #1 spot on CMT Pure 12-Pack, a monster debut that also snagged the #2 spot on the "Top 5 Music Videos of 2013" list. Sam was also personally invited to fly up to Rock Island, Illinois to record his official Day Trotter session in December 2013. Day Trotter remains one of the biggest sources for emerging artists and includes sessions from artists like Amos Lee, Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes, Civil Wars, Jason Isbell, Death Cab For Cutie, Ryan Bingham and the Lumineers, to name a few. The high octane "Collide" garnered a music spot on ABC's hit drama "Nashville," and a deluge of critical claim on the album followed from outlets like Country Weekly Magazine, Billboard's The 615, Texas Music Magazine, Day Trotter, Engine 145, The Boot, and most recently, Rolling Stone Country who featured the young troubadour's rise in music.

Back at home in Texas the album has produced three Top 10 hits on the Texas Music Chart with "Angola's Lament," "Hold On And Let Go" (both singles making the Texas Music Chart's Top 100 songs of 2014) and his newest single "Long Shot." He has been featured on the nationally syndicated show "Texas Music Scene TV " with 9-time Grammy winning host Ray Benson, and to over 27 million viewers on "Lone Star Roads TV" with host Justin Frazell. Sam's live show has become a most talked about "event" and he has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the region including the renowned Larry Joe Taylor Music Festival in Stephenville, Texas and the iconic MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

To date, Sam has sold more than 30,000 digital singles and more than 10,000 full albums. He was nominated at the Lone Star Music Awards for "New Artist of the Year," TRRMA's "New Artist of the Year" and "Music Video of the Year" for "Hold On And Let Go." Sam won Study Breaks Magazine's "Best Band of 2014" and Texas Music Pickers' "2014 Artist of the Year." Looking ahead to a career on the verge of a grand explosion, Radio Texas Live confirms this monster talent picking Sam Riggs as one of five artists projected to dominate in 2015. So as it turns out, the iconic Ray Wylie Hubbard, who mentored Sam early on in his career, was right on the money when he said…

"Sam Riggs wears a legacy of honest country, makes good rock, writes lyrics that matter and straps on a stage presence second to none."
Venue Information:
Rick's Cafe
319 Highway 82 East
Starkville, MS, 39759