RDparD – Knoxville Edition!

The day after my college graduation I was taking a nap, because I deserved it dang it, haha. I woke up and seen Russell’s “Just Announced: Knoxville, TN” tweet, and realized it was while we were on vacation in Gatlinburg. I started frantically pulling up the Maps app immediately to see how far it was from where we were staying. When it said an hour it was a no brainer, (and a “MOMMMM! WE HAVE TO GO, RUSS IS GUNNA BE AN HOUR AWAY! PLEASEEEEEEE?!”). VIP for the show was $30, and all the money went to the Boys and Girls Club on top of it all, so we got out tickets and were ready, and I was counting down the days all week…

We got to the venue, which was a little stage set up in the middle of an outdoor shopping mall. We walked around for a little bit, because we were there really early, then decided we’d just go start the line. Russell came out and sound checked since he had just got off a flight, so we got to see soundcheck, which was cool. We weren’t going to bug him before the show because our VIP had a meet and greet after the show, but after he left the stage I look over and he was frantically waving to come say hi.

We talked about graduation, the Hometeam Tour, how Momma was the best for agreeing to drive to Knoxville because neither of us knew where the heck we were, and of course the first time I heard “Yours” on our local radio station. (If you didn’t read about me almost crashing my car when that happened you can check it out here). I love Russ’ music, and his live show is phenomenal, but the thing I love most: I’ve met him three times now, and he has consistently been the most genuine, kind, not only artist, but human I’ve ever met. I also got to see his sweet wife, Kailey, and she’s such a freaking rockstar. Also, the kindest human.

We noticed in pictures from previous shows everyone sat down at these shows, but thats just not how you have an RDparD, haha. We didn’t have any clue what we were doing, so we just stood in front of the stage, because thats where we (and a bunch of others) wanted to be anyway. (Also, shout out to the two nice guys who we talked to in line and held our spot up front because we were talking to RD. Everyone is so much nicer in Tennessee. That’s a FACT.) We also got to be upfront with my Twitter friends Shannon and Maddie who were from NOWHERE near Knoxville, and drove a long ways. Its funny what music and the internet does, when you know two girls from totally different states, because we’re all Russell fans…

Russ sang all the songs off the Yours EP (Every Little Thing, MGNO, Blue Tacoma and Yours). He asked what everyone wanted to hear because he was just kinda jammin’ and didn’t have a plan. I don’t think he was expecting 0 to 60 to be a response (my response). He said it was the first song he ever wrote (you learn something new every day), and he didn’t even know if he remembered the words (fun fact, he did, because he said he’d sing the chorus for me, then sang the whole song, and I was the happiest human). He also sang That’s My Girl, Billions (new song, YouTube it and thank me for the suggestion later), and Whiskey on my Breath (recorded by Love and Theft, he was a writer on it!). The show was incredible, but its Russell, so it always is.

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Post show, we had a meet and greet from purchasing VIP, so we got to say hey again, and he thanked us again for driving, congratulated me on graduating again, and we talked about the fact that I want to go into radio for a second. We took a few more pictures, talked about seeing he and Kailey (the best meet and greet photographer everrrr) in June at Hoedown in Clarkston, MI,  then said goodbye and headed to standstill traffic on the expressway and a woman who drove for ten miles in the pitch black without headlights on behind us.

Every time we see Russ it just gets better. I cannot wait to see him in June and am always so blown away by how kind he and Kailey are.


#RDparD

#YoursOnYourRadio


YOURS EP: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/yours-ep/id1168669327

But also, his Die to Live Again album is incredible and if you don’t have it… fix that: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/die-to-live-again/id415673784

Follow Russell:  Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @russelled

Tour Dates, Merch and everything thats good on his website:

http://www.russelldickerson.net

Throwback to the RD Artist Spotlight HERE

 

 

The First Time I Heard One of My Favorites on the Radio…

“I had to pull over because I almost crashed my car…”

Dramatic enough for you yet?

 I decided to go to the beach and sit on the rocks for a little while on my last day of school. On my way home I was trying to get my piece of crap CD player to work (seriously, if I put another CD in and it says error again I’m gunna put my fist through the dash), while driving down a little dirt road. I eventually gave up after putting a CD in and it ejecting it about 57 times. Well the radio kicked on and next thing I know “I was a boat stuck in a bottle…” I had to pull my over because I almost crashed my car… I’ve been a fan of Russell Dickerson since around 2012, and he was on the local radio station in my one stoplight town. I sat on the side of that dirt road, (if we’re honest I think I parked in the middle of the road, haha), recorded a piece of it to send to him and SCREAMED (and almost ugly cried… please don’t try to find the video on my Twitter, it’s not cute haha, but I was WAY to excited for Russ). So here’s to RD’s single officially being at radio, and my cute little cherry red Jeep still being in one piece.

 

Hope you enjoyed this little random blog post, here’s to lots more this summer!

XOX, -Jessie

Can’t get enough #RDpar? (Us either, seriously, June RD round 3, where you at?) Check out the RD Artist Spotlight HERE.

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Artist Spotlight: Russell Dickerson

#RDparD

About three years ago Tyler Hubbard (of Florida Georgia Line) was talking about a song he wrote that was put out by an artist named Russell Dickerson. I listened to the song and bought it on iTunes immediately. I had become obsessed with the song “That’s My Girl” (side note: not much has changed). Since then, Russell has independently released his current EP, Yours, and created an amazing video with his sweet gem of a wife, Kailey. Since then the sweet Dickerson fam has got to see that title track gain popularity, and on September 29, 2016 RD signed a record deal, with Sony New York and Triple Tiger. (One of my favorite things about Russell is his love for his wife and just how much he credits his  her for his success. From taking some awesome photos on the road, and helping create videos, to helping drive from city to city, RD is the first to say Kailey is a major part of the operation).

I got to see Russell at Faster Horses this summer and his show was AMAZING. When they talk about RDparD, they certainly aren’t taking the party lightly, because that’s truly what it is. I got to meet Russell and Kailey at the show, and my mind was blown by how sweet they were. Two of the most kind humans I’ve ever met.

Russell Dickerson Collage
Faster Horses 2016

When you look at my about the creator page you see three of my favorite artists are Russell, Thomas Rhett and Kels. The day the Hometeam tour was announced my mother was NOT happy with how loud I screamed… Then she could hear me screaming outside of our house when she was leaving for work (love youuuu) so to say I can’t wait for this Saginaw show to get here is an understatement. Can’t wait for the RDparD to come back to Michigan! Check Russell out on the Hometeam tour and his “Yours” headlining tour this winter! Can’t wait until then? (Me either!) I’ve put together a Spotify playlist of some of my favorite Russell Dickerson songs below! Enjoy 🙂

Follow Russell:

russelldickerson.net

Insta/Twitter/Facebook: @russelled