Over the weekend (Saturday, Jan. 21), Lee Brice was the latest country star to fall victim to an unexpected bus fire that destroyed his home on wheels. After pulling into Toby Keith‘s I Love This Bar and Grill restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., the back end of Brice’s Prevost tour bus caught on fire, but everyone escaped with minimal damage. Brice is now reflecting on the scare.
Nashville-based country artist Lee Brice has escaped a fire aboard his tour bus, according to breaking wire reports.
Now touring in support of his latest hit, "A Woman Like You," and his Love Like Crazy album, the newly-engaged Brice reportedly was on the bus when it caught fire in Mesa, Ariz., in front of a restaurant. The fire forced Brice and his crew to evacuate the bus after being on the road just nine hours.
Per an AP report, Shaun Denman, a Mesa-based firefighter, the fire's flames were "about as high as the roof of the (restaurant) building" and fire personnel worked speedily to stop the blaze from spreading.
The Eli Young Band experienced another first in their careers on Monday afternoon (Jan. 23) as they sat in the spotlight at their very first No. 1 party in Nashville, honoring their recent chart-topping single, ‘Crazy Girl.’
The feat was a long time coming for the Texas-based band who started their musical journey well over a decade ago. ”I’m kind of glad it’s happened the way it has, just because we’ve been able to develop our craft of songwriting,” the band’s guitar player James Young told Taste of Country prior to the party starting. “We’ve just had a lot of fun learning how to be a band for the past 12 years. This is just icing on the cake.”
“I think with everything that goes along with having a No. 1, we wouldn’t have been able to deal with it [if it happened right away in our career],” added frontman Mike Eli. “We would have had deer in the headlight looks … it would’ve been horrible [laughs]!”
Among the artists attending this year’s event were: Kix Brooks, Martina McBride, Eli Young Band, Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Edens Edge, Josh Thompson, Steve Holy, singer/actress Jana Kramer (pictured with St. Jude patient Emily), and Country Cares founder Randy Owen of the group Alabama. Nearly two dozen new and up and coming artists also participated in the seminar, where the keynote speaker was former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, author of the book “Lone Survivor.”