Thursday, January 3, 2013 • Doors 7pm • Show 8pm • $8 Advance • $10 Day of Show • All Ages
This Carolina reared, good-times tunesmith must be dripping adrenaline from beneath his backwards ball cap as he’s always at full throttle both on and off the stage. Beneath the party up persona, you’ll find the persistent passion of a college football linebacker, the drive of a NASCAR crew member and ultimately the level-headed, hard working values that are the result of a close family unit (and a mom that whipped him into shape). “That guy you see on stage having the time of his life is the same guy you get behind the scenes. Some artists turn on a switch and you’re like ‘where did that come from?’ but for me — this is it. I’m a ball cap and t-shirt guy to the core. We’ll roll out some songs and I may even join you for a few when we’re wrapped and ready to head out.”
After graduation, Chase tackled a scene that many race fans only dream of by securing a spot on the celebrated Hendrick Motorsports pit crew. While NASCAR served as his day job, he spent his nights either writing songs or going to small bars around Charlotte and playing live. He would also spend any free weekends he had flying to Nashville to perform in writer’s rounds and continuing to build his knowledge of the music scene.
While honing his songwriting skills, this performer with an unwavering competitive spirit landed a slot on the hit TV show Survivor. Viewers tuned in each week to see the southern bred relentless participant blaze through each challenge taking him through to the final episode. The program would serve as a spring board bringing Chase to his current home in Music City where he continues to pierce through the sea of rising acts and stake career benchmarks within the industry. “We had a great introduction with the EP Country As Me last year and the video for ‘Buzz Back,’ so I expect Dirt Road Communion will continue to validate my grassroots approach. As my belt buckle beckons, ‘Cowboy Up!’ and just enjoy the ride.”
Dirt Road Communion marks the first full length project for Chase serving up his concoction of contemporary country spiked with shots of rocking guitars, explosive crescendos, hands in the air grooves and lyrical content that swings like a pendulum from loud and fun to dark and vulnerable. When his isn’t on stage opening up for acts like Jake Owen, Sara Evans, Lee Brice or Corey Smith, you’ll find him penning tomorrow’s hits with his songwriting circle that continues to grow.
From the modest pews of a West Tennessee church to the gleaming stages of Music City, twenty-five year old Russell Dickerson was destined to make his way to the spotlight. With a musical family background and the natural ability to entertain, Dickerson discovered his love for country music when his family moved to Nashville at the age of ten. “I got my first real hand-made acoustic guitar when I was sixteen,” Dickerson says, “I was so excited, and even though I couldn’t play it yet, I started a band.”
Soon after, Dickerson began songwriting and cultivating a live show experience based on influences like Garth Brooks and Keith Urban. “When I write songs,” he says, “I picture looking out at the audience and not just seeing, but feeling their response. Garth’s shows are like a drama; overflowing with so may emotions. I try to evoke those same kinds of emotions in my songs and then take them full-circle on stage.”
With a commanding presence both off and on the stage, the 6’4” Dickerson blends his rich vocal quality with a style all his own. “You’ve gotta’ respect the traditional music while doing your own thing at the same time,” he says. “That’s what’s great about country music – you can do that.”
Continually writing, recording, and performing energetic shows, Dickerson has recently signed a publishing deal with one of Nashville’s most successful independent publishers, Combustion Music, along with signing a management deal with Dennis Entertainment, and booking with CAA.