Hard 2 Love

Hard 2 Love

by Lee BriceLee Brice


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On the cover of his 2010 debut, Love Like Crazy, Lee Brice looked a little bit like an everyday bro in his T-shirt and backwards baseball cap but on its 2012 sequel, Hard 2 Love, he cuts a slightly more sophisticated figure in a newsboy cap and pea jacket. As it turns out, the sartorial shift is a visualization of the change in his sound. Despite some generic titles -- the best of which is "Beer" -- Brice doesn't play things quite by the books, expanding both his emotional and sonic horizons on Hard 2 Love, threading some echoing U2 guitar into "That's When You Know It's Over," letting his sensitive side take over when he's regarding either his girl or his friends. Brice covers an Eric Church song called "Life Off My Years" and throughout the album he displays a certain debt to the highly regarded Church, building upon his savvy wordplay, humor, and relaxed masculinity. But Brice is a smoother, poppier singer than Church, comfortable with the glossy setting of Hard 2 Love but also giving it some considerable warmth. Perhaps the album could use a song that grabbed you by the throat but it's sturdy and quietly persuasive, its strengths sounding clearer and bolder with each listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187931626
catalogNumber: 79316
Rank: 13851


  1. Hard to Love
  2. A Woman Like You
  3. That's When You Know It's Over
  4. Parking Lot Party
  5. Don't Believe Everything You Think
  6. I Drive Your Truck
  7. See About a Girl
  8. Friends We Won't Forget
  9. Life Off My Years
  10. Seven Days a Thousand Times
  11. Beer
  12. That Way Again
  13. One More Day

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Brice   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Angell   Violin
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Violin
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Dennis Holt   Percussion,Drums
Charles Judge   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Ed Seay   Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Pat McGrath   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Guitar (Resonator)
Perry Coleman   Vocal Harmony
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Jason Webb   Bass,Hammond B3
Ben Glover   Background Vocals
Tommy Harden   Percussion,Drums
Mark Hill   Bass
Marcus Myers   Dulcimer
Tony Lucido   Bass
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Tully Kennedy   Electric Guitar
Jedd Hughes   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brian Pruitt   Percussion,Drums
Shawn Fichter   Percussion,Drums
Jeff King   Electric Guitar
Rich Redmond   Drums
Matt McClure   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Kyle Jacobs   Piano,Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar
Jon Stone   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ilya Toshinskiy   Mandolin
Mike Bignardello   Bass
Reg Smith   Piano,Hammond B3
Phillip Lamonds   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Connie Harrington   Composer
Don Hart   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Charles Judge   Programming
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Ed Seay   Engineer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Brian Willis   Engineer
Billy Montana   Composer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Jed Hackett   Engineer
Jim Collins   Composer
Mark Irwin   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Ben Glover   Composer
Phillip Lammonds   Composer
Lance Miller   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Eric Church   Composer
John Ozier   Composer
Jerrod Niemann   Composer
Johnny Bulford   Composer
Joe Collins   Composer
Lee Brice   Composer,Producer
Luke Laird   Composer
Doug Johnson   Producer,Engineer
Matt McClure   Producer,Engineer
Rob Hatch   Composer
Kyle Jacobs   Composer,Producer
Phil Barton   Composer
Jon Stone   Composer,Producer
Thomas Rhett   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer
Reg Smith   Composer

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