PICS: Chase Rice at House of Blues San Diego

Ready set roll: Chase Rice had House of Blues bumpin' for two straight nights, March 5-6 -- and we were there to catch him in action.

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Rice was born in Florida but raised in Asheville, North Carolina.
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So you know his Southern charm is the real deal.
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At the University of North Carolina, he was a linebacker on the football team.
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Not only that -- he was part of Hendrick Motorsports pit crew, and he won two championships with the Lowes team.
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We're talking NASCAR here, folks, so he really is all-American.
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But wait. It gets better.
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Rice was also runner up on CBS's "Survivor: Nicaragua" in 2010.
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Three years later, his "Ready Set Roll" EP peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes country chart.
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His full-length, "Ignite the Night," came out on Aug. 27, 2014.
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He doesn't credit reality television with launching his music career though.
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He's always been a country music star at heart.
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