I first met Russell Dickerson at Windy City Smokeout this past year. He had a custom Chicago Bulls jersey on, the tightest jeans you've ever seen, and lightly tinted shades on his face. He had just put on an incredible show but I, for one, had no clue who he was. I had heard the name but this was my first encounter in person.
In my opinion, never judge any artist until you get the chance to see them live. Records are great but there's something missing from them once you've experienced a live show. Granted, not all live shows suite every personality and that's okay but at least give yourself that chance to latch onto a new artist.
Anyway, he and his wife were extremely friendly and conversational with me, and who was I? I had no business talking to them, I was there to film a recap of the show take some pictures and leave. But Russell and Kailey treated me like I was a VIP backstage. After a few minutes of chatting, I was called to the stage to film another segment and just like that, they were gone.
But that encounter stuck with me, I went home, immediately followed him on Twitter and Instagram, heard 'Yours' in it's entirety for the very first time and fell in love with the song. His album release show was a few months later at Joe's on Weed St. and I was there with the station posting on our Twitter. He told the story of how 'Yours' became a song, the struggle of having every label pass on him, the making of the music video that caught the eye of a certain individual who would eventually put that song on the radio and now we're here. Russell Dickerson has the #1 song in country music for the 2nd week in a row. It's inspiring. We (he and everyone on his team, not me in anyway) did it. Congrats on all the much deserved success, Russ! Can't wait to see where 2018 takes you!