It’s 3:30 in the afternoon, just a few short hours before country music rising star Chase Bryant will take the stage on Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” tour.

And already, the guy has a coiffed do.

He also has a mighty nice tour bus for a kid who not too long ago was just driving his car too fast in Orange Grove, Texas. So when Bryant’s camp invited Rare Country to step inside his tour bus for a little while before his Saturday, August 8, stop in Chicago, we couldn’t resist the chance to check out what we could find.

And what we found … was a tad out of the ordinary when it comes to tour bus living.

A Dog Named Harley

“One thing that a lot people don’t know I have but they will know soon is my guy Harley. He was a retired show dog, and he’s our best friend on the road. He’s got his spot on the couch where he likes to lay and sleep and he’s a good guy. He is my No. 1.”

Candles – lots of candles

“Another thing people don’t know about me is that I’m a huge candle fan. I probably have fifteen or more right here on the bus. I’m obsessed with them. My favorite is my Pumpkin Waffles candle, and then someone gave me a cheap Wal-Mart. If you know me, I love the smell of leather, and there are some leather smelling candles that I absolutely love.”

Sanitizing wipes

“One thing I keep in my bunk at all times is Clorox Wipes. You gotta have these to wipe down counters. I hate thinking about germs. I am a clean freak. Everything is always clean. I will get out of the show and grab these and come back here and wipe the counters down.”

Elvis books

“I recently started reading more so I have a lot of books — Stevie Nicks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Gregg Allman — you always got to have some good reading materials on the road.”

A remote-controlled car

“This is a 70 mph RC car. This is no joke. It’s ridiculous. Harley has chewed it up, but this is one of our funnest times of the day. We go into the parking lot and mount a GoPro to it and grab some video.”

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Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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