Bud Rice is a singer/songwriter based out of Montreal, Canada with debut album Belfast under his belt and working towards the latest instalment of music, Piece of Heaven set to release in 2020 . Named after the birthplace of his grandfather and the hometown of his mother, Belfast is an album that culminates Rice's family, love, loss, and general day to day experiences. The 10-song album is an eclectic collaboration ranging from intimate, lyrically driven songs to upbeat soul, R&B, and rock tunes put together with a heavy hitting assembly of Montreal artistry. The production is thanks to Hotel2Tango, PJ Studios, Studio 451, Mixart, and Grey Market Mastering.
Rice grew up in a musically influenced home. His father, local Celtic musician Dave Gossage, inspired him to start playing as a child. From an early age Rice often rejected formal musical training, but always had an appetite for performing. His charisma and natural drive was what landed him playing onstage in bars as early as 15 years old. He played with friends and solo in cafes and venues around Mile End as a start to his music career then moved on to playing showcase shows around Montreal, Toronto, and New York City. He has been playing music for nearly 12 years, and music has been his sole source of income for the past 5. his music ranging from deep roots folk style to blues and rock influenced songs.
Rice is a strong supporter of the local music scene and plays regularly in and around Montreal's bar scene, his deeply emotive lyricism is incredibly personal and specific which heightens the authenticity of his sound. Combined with his soulful hooks, Bud Rice is a truly unique and fresh addition to Montreal's music scene.
His forthcoming album, Piece of Heaven, was recorded at Montreal's Breakglass Studios, engineered by David Smith (Leif Vollebekk), co-produced with David Gossage, and edited by Padraig Buttner-Schnirer. It features Marc Beland (Jonathan Roy) Ken Presse (The Franklin Electric) Jo Lorgis, and Alex Lebel (Kandle). The album is a deeply personal collection of songs dealing with great love, and great loss, written over the course of 4 years and has been described as the "Break-Up Album of 2019" with musical influences similar to that of Leif Vollebekk, Bahamas, Alabama Shakes, Ryan Adams and Wilco.