RIYL: Ryan Adams, Sam Roberts, Wilco
Feature Track: "Maybe Tomorrow"
At 23, Rice took up the challenge of recording his first full-length studio album. Belfast was recorded over the course of a year at Hotel2Tango studios (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Coeur de Pirate, Patrick Watson) by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, and subsequently at PJ Studios and Studio 451 by five-time Juno winner Paul “Nudge” Johnston. The record was co-produced by Dave Gossage (Orealis, Dave Gossage & The Celtic Mindwarp) and Bud Rice, edited by Paul Johnston, mixed by Plants and Animals frontman Warren Spicer, and mastered at Hotel2Tango by Harris Newman. A stellar group of musicians played on the record including Joe Grass (Patrick Watson), Chet Doxas (Sam Roberts Band), Senja Sargeant (form. Ladies of The Canyon) and Andy King.
Belfast is a deeply personal album. Named after Rice’s grandfather and mother’s hometown in Northern Ireland, it deals with themes that are familiar to all of us: love, family, loneliness, misunderstanding, the distances between us and how we come back together. It was released in Montreal on January 30th 2015 to an over capacity crowd and since then, Belfast has helped to open many doors in terms of invitations to play festivals and various showcases. Most notably, opening up for good friends The Barr Brothers at the Shigawake Music Festival, taking part back-to-back in Pop Montreal 2015/2016 listed as one of the top ten shows, the Montreal Folk Fest, and Canadian Music Week. The album earned a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Out-Of-Province Act, Cult Montreal ranked Bud Rice as best solo act and best songwriter 2 years in a row in the annual Best Of Montreal listings, and the Montreal Gazette’s Brendan Kelly selected January’s record launch performance as second in the top ten shows of 2015. The album has received airplay (and Rice has been interviewed) on CBC, CKUT, CHOM, and TSN, as well as video interviews on Global News and CTV.