Survivor Chase’s song on reunion “opened some pretty big doors” in country music

During the Survivor Nicaragua finale in December, Jeff Probst asked runner-up Chase Rice to perform a song, and that exposure has helped Chase, who’s now working with Garth Brooks’ former manager.

After Chase performed “Buzz Back,” it was released as a single (listen on iTunes), and country music stations are now broadcasting it. That “opened some pretty big doors, I think,” Chase told the Asheville Citizen-Times. And now he wants to have another song become a NASCAR promo on ESPN: “I’d like to get involved in NASCAR through my music. I have a song, ‘Heathens in the Evenin” that’s a NASCAR rockin’ type song that we’re going to talk to ESPN about and try to have it be a promo for NASCAR.”

Meanwhile, the paper reports that Chase “is working with Pam Lewis, once the manager for Garth Brooks, one of the biggest names ever in country music,” and also played before Nashville’s Music City Bowl game and will play at an event Feb. 1 (“Kiss Country’s Winter Jam”) along with Sarah Evans and Uncle Kracker.

So I guess the filler-filled reunion produced some entertainment after all.

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