"Twelve tracks of dirty, twangy country-soaked rock"
"Rice has a singing style that adjusts to the needs of his song. By the time you’ve listened to the album a couple or three times, initial comparisons fade, his personal approach to song and subject matter becoming increasingly individualized. Still, Hayes Carll may come to mind in places ('Right To Be Wrong') as will the wry observational outlooks of Jerry Jeff Walker ('Walk Across Texas') and Billy Joe Shaver ('Can't Get Over Her'), both gone these past few days. Certainly, there are elements of John Prine’s acerbic outlook and way with rhyme ('Free At Last', 'Rivers Run Backwards')."
THE DAILY RIPPLE
"excellent new album Same SHIrT, Different Day. Indeed, the playful penmanship in the title is no accident; Rice’s sense of irony and his particular penchant for framing everyday situations with a cheery and charming attitude and down-home demeanor would certainly make Prine proud. Indeed, with a dozen songs mostly of his own making, Rice not only shares an admiration for Prine in his prime, but also manages to make that affable attitude his own."
"fantastic…Rodney Rice has an affinity for writing songs with catchy, humorous choruses amiably sung by a raspy yet silvery voice…12 original songs that sound like they pour from him as easy and natural as they did from his influences John Prine and Billy Joe Shaver…the brilliant songs are complemented by exceptionally tasteful arrangements and superb musicianship…sharp, insightful wit."
"This West Virginia native blends the simplicity of folk with a healthy dose of country, to weave stories of sharp observations, witty and oft sarcastic commentary… deceptively simple music to underpin his clever lyrics…Rodney Rice is a first-rate songwriter…He bears watching."
"You’ve just got to look at the cover of this CD to realise that Rodney Rice is a man with a sense of humour, ‘SAME SHIrT DIFFERENT DAY‘, indeed. It’s been said that Rice wears his heart on his sleeve and his tongue in his cheek which seems an accurate assessment…a solid album."
COACHELLA VALLEY WEEKLY
Eleni P. Austin
"Not unlike fellow Texas Troubadours Steve Earle and Todd Snider, Rodney has found a way to balance the personal and the political, without ever sounding sappy or solipsistic. No matter the circumstance, his wry humor acts as a through-line for each narrative…Rodney has matched rich narratives with indelible melodies. Each song is shot through with humor, grace and tenderness."
JP'S MUSIC BLOG
"a dozen tracks that carry a country twang with a rock edge…"
“... he shares the same coal mining roots as John Prine and there must have been something in the coal dust that makes him seem like the next link in the chain instead of a manqué...a rough hewn edge to his voice and some off kilter cynicism in his pen, Rice is a nu bet for all who miss the master and thought his shoes could never be filled.”
Nelson Gullet Music Director,
"Close your eyes and imagine a songwriter with a wry sense of humor, a knack for a sly turn of phrase, and dry raspy delivery. You probably see John Prine or Todd Snider or any number of beloved Americana stalwarts. You'd better go ahead and get a good mental picture of Rodney Rice as well. I can almost guarantee you'll picture Prine and Snider when you listen to Rice.”
"Rodney Rice lives in the same smoky, dusty world as Hayes Carll, Ryan Bingham and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and the songs on “Same Shirt, Different Day" tell sharp and honest stories. The first single, “Free at Last,” would make John Prine proud!”