Rising country star Chase Bryant to play Texas Club _lowres

Photo by GLENN SWEITZER -- Chase Bryant

A country star on the rise, Chase Bryant makes his Texas Club debut Friday.

“I’ve heard a lot about it,” he said of the Baton Rouge venue. “My buddies have played the Texas Club. We’re excited to be coming there.”

Bryant’s first Baton Rouge show follows the breakthrough success of his debut single, “Take It On Back.”

“Having my first Top 10 single, it’s pretty awesome,” the young singer-songwriter said. “I hope it’s the first of many.”

At 22, Bryant is already a music veteran. He’s been working at making music a career since he was 16, when a deal with a small record company enticed him to Los Angeles. His parents supported their son’s big move from Orange Grove, Texas, population 1,200, to L.A., population 17 million.

“They were totally cool with it,” he said. “They knew I was going to pursue music, to live my dream.”

But Bryant’s dream would not be achieved in L.A.

“It was pretty rough,” he said of moving from a small Texas town to a sprawling metro area.

Although Bryant spent two years in L.A., his eyes were always on the country music capital, Nashville. He moved to Nashville after signing with his management team at 18.

In Music City, Bryant signed with the late Barbara Orbison’s publishing company, Still Working Music. His late grandfather, pianist Jimmy Bryant, had performed with Orbison’s late husband, music star Roy Orbison, in Texas during the 1950s, before Orbison moved to Memphis to record for Sun Records.

“Through my grandfather’s ties with Roy, I think Barbara always felt connected to me,” Bryant said. “We were always tight. It was a rough day in music when she passed.”

Bryant’s grandfather also performed with Waylon Jennings and Buddy Holly. Even though Jimmy Bryant died when Bryant was just 6 years old, he remains his grandson’s biggest influence.

“I grew up around him,” Bryant, who uses his mother’s maiden name, said. “He always exposed me to great music. When I heard him play when I was a child, that’s how it all started for me. I saw how much he loved music. He was always playing. He could not put music down. And I fell in love with it as well.”

Bryant comes from a deeply musical family. In addition to his grandfather, his mother is a singer and his uncles, Jeff Bryant and Junior Bryant, were members of the nationally known country band Ricochet.

“I wanted to play music ever since I could talk,” Bryant said. “After I picked up my first guitar, around 2 years old, I never turned back. I always knew that playing music was exactly what I wanted to do.”

Signing a recording contract with Red Bow Records in 2013 was another big step. Bryant’s debut EP is available from iTunes and as a physical CD at the singer’s shows. Bryant has also completed his debut album. It’s set for release this summer. His latest single is “Little Bit You.”

With his youthful good looks and a towering pompadour that suggests Conway Twitty and Elvis Presley during their young stardom, Bryant has been dubbed “swoon-worthy” by People magazine and one of Teen Vogue’s “10 country artists you’re going to love.”

“I don’t know what that means,” he said. “But you hope you look good, you hope the girls like you. It’s just cool that my voice is out in the world and people are starting to recognize it.”