The day after signing his first record deal, Russell Dickerson showed the Brandin’ Iron in San Bernardino why he’s on the brink of an exciting career. His catchy lyrics had the crowd singing along with every word, and dancing at every opportunity.
“We’re bringing the party, so I hope y’all can keep up tonight!” Russell declared early on in his set, and while indeed the vast majority of his songs were high-energy and up-tempo, there was also a depth to his music, most evident in “Whiskey on My Breath,” a song Russell co-wrote with Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft (as well as Tyler Reeve, Trent Tomlinson, Adam Craig, and Mark McGuinn) while holed up in a cabin drinking Maker’s Mark, followed by the hymn “Nothing But the Blood.”
He also included “That’s My Girl,” a song he wrote with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line years aog, “before any of us had anything going on,” and a surprisingly pleasant cover of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.”
There was also the suggestive “Billions,” and the flat-out sexy “Let It All Fall Down.” But it was “MGNO (My Girl’s Night Out),” which included a snippet of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance” that received the most enthusiastic reception from the audience, as well as the two songs in his encore: “Blue Tacoma,” which had the audience spontaneously doing the “Redneck Angel” line dance, and “Yours,” his romantic current single.
On Sunday, Russell will perform at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and attendees of the three-day festival would do well not to miss his set.
- Call It a Night
- Green Light
- Something Good
- Every Little Thing
- Ten Thousand Summers
- Let It All Fall Down
- Whiskey On My Breath (Love & Theft cover) / Nothing But the Blood
- Sorry (Justin Bieber cover)
- That’s My Girl
- Would You Love Me
- Blue Tacoma