KSJJ 35th Anniversary Party featuring Russell Dickerson
Thu, Jul 27 at 6:30pm
- All Ages
- Doors at 5:30pm
- Kids Under 3 Free
We all remember our first concert. The roar of the audience as the venue goes dark and the headliner takes the stage. That feeling you get when the artist plays your favorite song. The excitement the day after when your ears won't stop ringing as you recall standing beside your best friend or significant other sharing that experience together.
For Russell Dickerson, these are the moments and memories he hopes to create for country fans during his live show as he continues to build his ever growing fan base the grassroots way city by city. It's a dream he's had since he was in high school playing gigs around his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, with his band and one that continues to get bigger with each show he sells out.
The outgoing singer has a bolstering personality that immediately brightens up every room he is in — the markings of a born entertainer — but he admits songwriting was what first got him on the stage.
Music runs in Russell's blood as his father is the choir director at his church and his mother plays piano. As a child, Russell would come home from school to see and hear his mom teaching piano lessons so it was very natural for the singer to be drawn to music.
"I love being on stage, going crazy, the fans and the energy," he says. "I feed off of the crowd. I didn't want to play cover songs, I wanted to do my songs. Songwriting was the tool to get me to that place of being able to play my own shows."
Though he was in a band in high school, when he started writing it was country music that came out of him as an avenue for his songwriting. He grew up listening to artists like Tim McGraw and the Dixie Chicks and seeing Garth Brooks and Keith Urban live in concert. While studying at Belmont University, he also met with fellow students Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, who he frequently wrote with and continues to do so in the midst of their busy schedules.
Russell has recently signed on with Triple Tigers Records, a joint venture between Sony Music and Thirty Tigers, for label representation and is the flagship act on the label. He admits that it took him a while to find his sound but now that he has, he hopes to break ground with his new music.
While Russell highlights his sensitive side on his beautiful love ballad, "Yours," he is multi-faceted as his Yours EP released in 2016 can attest. Alongside "Yours" is the fresh sounding opener "Every Little Thing" that begs to be danced to as well as weekend anthem "MGNO" (standing for My Girls Night Out) which highlights the singer's love of electronic music with club ready beats that are perfect in the live setting as well as on the speakers at a house party.
"I want to portray those songs exactly how they hear them but then with a little extra sauce on it," he says of his live show. "We have a lot to offer and we just give it 120% every night."
It's been quite the musical journey for Russell, but he is finally at a place where he is making those long-lasting concert memories with his own fans much like Garth Brooks and Keith Urban did for him all those years ago.