Russell Dickerson Releases Autobiographical Third Studio Album

Russell Dickerson‘s eponymous third album is out. The 35-year-old decided to self-title the record, in part because it is an honest, autobiographical look at his own life, especially as a husband and father.

“The first song on the album’s called ‘Blame It On Being Young,'” Dickerson reflects on Apple Music Country’s Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen. “16, 17 years old, all the dumb stuff we used to do, to 33 years old, becoming a dad. So in between all that is so much life and so much story. And ‘I Wonder,’ which is me and Kailey breaking up in college. And the next song, ‘God Gave Me A Girl,’ about when I had the realization of like, ‘Oh, crap. This is it.’ And there are just so many different stories between 16 years old and becoming a dad.”

Dickerson is already enjoying a Top 15 hit with “She Likes It,” his collaboration with Jake Scott. The viral reaction to the song propelled Dickerson to release his new project earlier than he originally intended, with the set of tunes not quite two years after Southern Symphony was released.

[This album has] been a journey. It was I think due to the success of ‘She Likes It,’ the first single, everything just got pushed up,” Dickerson explains. “So it’s like, ‘Oh, this is your first single. Oh, now that’s album time.’… They’re like, “Go, go, go.” So that’s what I’ve been doing all year. It’s amazing… I’m honestly so glad it’s coming out.”

“She Likes It” is one of 15 songs on Russell Dickerson. Although ambitious, the Tennessee native realized early on that he wasn’t going to be able to whittle the song list down anymore.

“I don’t really stress about the song-wise, just because I’m like, ‘Surely I can find something or write something if we really need something,'” Dickerson says. “But [this album is] the 15 songs that I couldn’t stop listening to in my demos folder.”

Dickerson previously said his third studio album would be a game-changer for him, in the best way possible.

“I like to speak positivity, and I don’t speak from a cocky place, but this is the album that will change the game,” Dickerson hinted to CMT. “Every single song, I just can’t stop listening to. I’m just so happy and proud of each one.”

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