Now based in Colorado, Rice was born in Morgantown, West Virginia in the coal-mining-heavy Appalachian Region. With the album’s lead track, “Ain’t Got a Dollar,” Rice holds a working-class mirror up to society. Rice also channels his early inspiration in “Company Town,” with reference of the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, in which 29 miners lost their lives.
SAME SHIrT, DIFFERENT DAY uncovers some of its most vivid images in Rodney Rice's poignant and autobiographical “Memoirs of Our Youth” -- a song inspired by a conversation with a friend. "A buddy called me up one night and said, ‘Rodney, I’ve got the perfect line for a song: ‘The days go on forever but the years just fly right by.’ That one line just brought the song out and everything else just fell into place".
Understanding and appreciating Rodney Rice’s sophomore album it's not only helpful to examine the surface – which vibrates with memorable melodies but also to dig deeper, to learn what lies underneath, how it formed there and what effect it could have in the future. For rumbling beneath these 12 tracks, rooted in the key elements of Americana, is a solid foundation of thoroughly incisive and engaging lyrics, calling to mind such musical Mount Rushmore-like figures as John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver and Guy Clark. From unflinching portraits of the working man’s plight to stark, confessional love songs, Same Shirt, Different Day, represents a collection worthy of its own survey. And who better to lead that exploration than Rice, whose once day job as a geologist took to remote locations around the country. His musical adventures, however, began even before he reached his teens.
“I raided my older sister’s CD and tape collection,” he says of his early musical discoveries. “She took me to see John Prine. It was the first concert I went to; I was probably 12. His band was really tight and when his band walked offstage it was just him. Just to be able to captivate everyone with you, your guitar, and a song seems so simple but is actually quite the opposite.”
Rice is now based in Littleton, Colorado, a fitting location just a stone’s throw away from Red Rocks, the legendary performance venue with a natural amphitheater.
Rodney Rice now examines the human condition through a songwriter’s lens, and his SAME SHIrT, DIFFERENT DAY offers a dozen solidly formed tunes, inspired by the musical explorers who came before him, but ultimately shaped by his uniquely fresh perspective.