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Kane Brown Kicks Off The Worldwide Beautiful Tour with Sold Out Show

Saturday night (Feb 29.) country music fans came out in droves to catch the first night of Kane Brown’s ‘The Worldwide Beautiful’ Tour. Joining the multi-platinum selling artist for the sold-out show were Russell Dickerson and Chris Lane (who will rotate on the direct support slot throughout the tour) and country music’s hottest new trio, Restless Road.

Zach Beeken, Colton Pack and Garrett Nichols, the three band members who make up Restless Road, took the stage first, tasked with warming up the eager crowd. Earlier this week, news broke that Kane Brown had signed the trio as the flagship artist to his yet to be named record label. The announcement comes as a full-circle moment for Brown and the band as Brown initially met Beeken and Pack back in 2013 while competing on The X Factor, Brown’s first claim to fame.

Performing a mash-up of 90’s country hits including Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” and George Strait’s “Check Yes Or No”, Restless Road instantly captivated the already packed venue. In addition to the flawless medley, the group used their time on stage to introduce tracks from their brand new self-titled debut EP including “All the Girls” and “It Ain’t Easy”. Showcasing their impeccable harmonies and charm, the group quickly earned their spot on the tour.

ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee and NYCountry Swag OG, Russell Dickerson took the stage next. The singer-songwriter opened his set with a brand new, unreleased song “Some Things Never Get Old” before diving right into his third number-one single, “Every Little Thing”. Fans erupted with screams and applause immediately as they recognized those first few familiar notes of the hit song. As Dickerson ran from one side of the stage to the other, the entire venue screamed back every single word.

After releasing his latest single, “Love You Like I Used To”, just about three weeks ago, Dickerson impressed as fans sang along to the brand new song, proving that the track is sure to have success as it makes it’s way to radio.

Dickerson kept the energy high performing crowd-favorites like “Billions” and “Blue Tacoma.” Just when you thought the set could not get any better, the future Entertainer of the Year revealed his mash-up of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and his own track from his debut album, “MGNO.” The epic performance has become a staple in Dickerson’s set. As he belted out the iconic vocals, while dancing on stage, the audience fed right off of his contagious energy jumping up and down and waving their arms, making the special moment perhaps the most energetic medley in country music shows today.

“…This is my first song that I ever put out. Thank you country radio, but first & foremost, thank you country music fans, the best fans in the entire world….” Dickerson emotionally thanked the crowd just before closing his set with a spectacular performance of his breakthrough smash hit, “Yours”.

Next to the stage was platinum artist, Chris Lane. Kicking off his set with his debut number one song, “Fix”, Lane immediately connected with the audience while showing off his undeniable swagger. Whether it was his version of Mario’s “Let Me Love You” or a special moment in the set when he hand-picked a young fan in the audience to join him on-stage as he performed “For Her”, Lane won the hearts of every fan in the room.

What’s most interesting about Lane is his versatility as an artist, not only in the tracks he chooses to cover but in his own songs as well. Lane can transition to performing songs from his catalog of music including fan favorites like “I Don’t Know About You” and “Big, Big Plans” to his mash-up of wide-ranging covers including everything from Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” to Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me”. The way that the fans immersed in each of the tracks throughout the very dynamic set is what was most impressive. Unphased by the rollercoaster of the genres being blended, fans didn’t miss a beat of the exciting performance. For those newcomers in the audience expecting to catch a typical traditional country show, Lane pretty much set the tone for what was to be expected for the remainder of the night.

Kicking off night one of his headlining tour, Kane Brown surprised the crowd by dropping in from high above the stage, instantly creating screams and applause from his beloved fans. Keeping up with the momentum that his opening acts had set, Brown kept the crowd going opening with his upbeat third number-one single, “Lose It”.

Brown continued to impress song after song through his 75-minute set, playing crowd favorites like “What Ifs” and “Used to Love You Sober”. A highlight of the night came when a rare downtempo moment happened as Brown took a stool centerstage accompanied by two bandmates for an acoustic set. Brown displayed his emotional side and stunned the crowd as he sang “For My Daughter.” The budding country superstar wrote the tear-jerking song for his 4-month-baby girl as a promise to be the best dad he can be, unlike his own father.

Throughout the night Brown debuted not one, but two unreleased songs: “Vodka Cranberry” and “Be Like That“. The latter of which, he teased a possible collaboration and noted that the song would not only be released sometime in March, but it would also be his next single to radio. Judging from his performance and the crowd’s reaction, the song sounds like it will be an instant smash. Check out a sneak peek of both tracks in our exclusive videos.

When it came time for some covers, like Chris Lane, Brown showed off his ability to sing to a multitude of fans. Stunning the crowd with his flawless vocals as he sang “Drift Away” originally recorded by Dobie Gray, the 26-year-old then explained to the crowd how excited he was to take everyone back to middle school before singing, Soulja Boy’s “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” Ending his medley with Blackbear’s Top 40 hit, “Hot Girl Bummer”, Brown had every fan in the room out of their seats and jamming along to the unexpected mix of tunes.

Later in the show, Brown brought Restless Road back out to perform their collaborative soon-to-be smash hit, “Take Me Home”. Check it out in the video below.

The energy throughout Brown’s set was absolutely electric and with each song it only got higher. As Brown proceeded to sing “Pull It Off”, a track from his 2016 self-titled major-label debut album, he invited back Russell Dickerson and Chris Lane to the stage causing the entire arena to erupt.

Ending with “Heaven” and “One Thing Right” the Sony Nashville recording artist returned on a B stage at the back of the arena in an encore to sing “Good As You” before returning centerstage to close out the epic show.

The journey Brown takes fans on throughout his show proves his authenticity to his artistry. Taking moments to thank his fans, share stories of his upbringing and influences, and even sharing an emotional and vulnerable moment by admitting to being really nervous about this tour. The fans’ devotion to Brown remained clear throughout the entire night as fans stayed out of their seats and matched Brown’s energy, dancing and singing along to every song, and listening to every word.

In a December 2016 review of one of Brown’s very first NYC shows at Irving Plaza, we wrote of Brown “This promising talent possesses perhaps one of the most unique new voices in country music today and shows true potential for a skyrocketing career.” It seems we may have hit that nail on the head as Brown’s career continues to explode.

Check out more exclusive clips from the show on our Instagram Highlight.

To keep up with Restless Road, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
To keep up with Russell Dickerson, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
To keep up with Chris Lane, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
To keep up with Kane Brown, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

 

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Russell Dickerson Is Back With New Music, “Love You Like I Used To”

Russell Dickerson is back with brand new music. This past fall, Dickerson celebrated his third No. 1 single with “Every Little Thing” and after nearly two and a half years since the release of his debut album Yours, Dickerson has dropped his newest starry-eyed single, “Love You Like I Used To.”

The “Blue Tacoma” singer first hinted about the forthcoming new music on Twitter, back in January, stating only the title of the track and after teasing snippets of the song over the past week, “Love You Like I Used To” is finally available across all streaming platforms. In the smooth-tempo love ballad, Dickerson confesses that he didn’t know he could love his girl more than he already did, but that love continues to change and grow with each passing day.

“I don’t love you like I used to // This gets better every time you // Kiss me like this // It’s stronger the longer I’m with you // It’s more than every single day before // Didn’t know I could ever love you // More than I did, but baby I do // I don’t love you like I used to”

As the song plays, the singer-songwriter expresses the parallels between his love story and classic, sweetened cliches.

“What we got ain’t got no ending, like a band of solid gold // It’s sweeter with time like strawberry wine, it gets as good as it gets old // And oh, we thought we knew what it meant back then // But I keep fallin’ all in higher than I’ve ever been”

If you have been following his career, you’ll know that his wife, Kailey has been the picture-perfect muse for songs that connect with his fans and depict a model love story. Our 2017 Artist to Watch has made a career out of loving his beautiful partner and we are so excited to finally hear new music from one of our all-time favorite artists. Dropping just in time for your Valentine’s Day plans, “Love You Like I Used To” is the perfect addition to your evening’s playlist.

Dickerson is joining Chris Lane in support of Kane Brown’s The Worldwide Beautiful Tour. Check out the dates here.

To keep up with Russell Dickerson follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

“Love You Like I Used To” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our “New Country Playlist.” Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

“Love You Like I Used To” Lyrics

Girl, I’ve always loved you, but something’s changed
Blame it on time, the road or the ride, but it ain’t the same
It’s a different kind of feeling, not the one I knew
From the sweet on your lips to how your hand in mine fits
Girl, I’ve always loved you, but

I don’t love you like I used to
This gets better every time you
Kiss me like this
It’s stronger the longer I’m with you

It’s more than every single day before
Didn’t know I could ever love you
More than I did, but baby I do
I don’t love you like I used to

What we got ain’t got no ending, like a band of solid gold
It’s sweeter with time like strawberry wine, it gets as good as it gets old
And oh, we thought we knew what it meant back then
But I keep fallin’ all in higher than I’ve ever been

I don’t love you like I used to
This gets better every time you
Kiss me like this
It’s stronger the longer I’m with you
It’s more than every single day before
Didn’t know I could ever love you
More than I did, but baby I do

I don’t love you like I used to
I don’t love you like I used to
This gets better every time you
Kiss me like this
It’s stronger the longer I’m with you
It’s more than every single day before
Didn’t know I could ever love you
More than I did, but baby I do
I don’t love you like I used to
I don’t love you like I used to
Love you like I used to, yeah
I don’t love you like I used to

 

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Russell Dickerson Lyrics to Use As Instagram Captions

We have been fans of Russell Dickerson since he played our very first Country Brunch event in 2016. Since then he’s gone on to achieve three number one hits and have massive success with his live shows. He’s an act you don’t want to miss and we’ve got the best Instagram captions to go with your photos when you see him live.

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1) “ I came to life when I first kissed you. The best me has his arms around you. You make me better than I was before. Thank God I’m yours.” – Yours

2) “If heaven is anywhere, it’s right here.” – Blue Tacoma

3) “Just what I need to get on through, girl you give me something good, something good to come home to.” – Something Good

4) “Hey bring it over here little mama, Yeah got a whiskey waiting on ya” – MGNO

5) “0 to 60 starts out slow but the further you get the faster it goes. You’re hitting 80 and running out of road. And the further you get the faster it goes.” – 0-60

6) “Three little words, do not disturb, hanging from the handle. Feeling this fire, burning all night, like that candle” – All Fall Down

7) “If lovin’ was money, how much you think we’d make? If kisses were cash, we’d never stop making it rain, no.” – Billions

8) “Cause I’ma love you til the sun burns out. Love you til my heart breaks down.” – Would You Love Me

9) “’Cause you look like a love song, you look like a love song to me, yes you do.” – You Look Like a Love Song

10) “Runs on coffee and red wine. She’s easy like Sunday morning and wild like Saturday night. She’s 24 carat goodness, an angel’s all I see.” – Every Little Thing

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Where Are They Now? Our 2017 Artist to Watch Update

Justin Aharoni (@jaharoni) for NYCountry Swag

Here at New York Country Swag, we pride ourselves on being tastemakers, finding and championing new and up-and-coming artists and introducing our followers to the best of the best of the rising acts. Back in 2017, we named the 10 artists below in our “Artists to Watch in 2017” and we are proud to say, we know rising talent before they make it big. Check out what each of these artists has done over the past two years and what is coming up for them in 2019.

 

10. Seth Ennis- Last year, Ennis followed his debut single, “Woke Up In Nashville” and “Look at You” with the captivating “Call Your Mama,” featuring A-list superstars, Little Big Town. The singer-songwriter went on to make his TODAY Show debut with that song, taking his career to new heights. This year, Ennis also opened up for Dylan Scott on his headlining tour.

 

9. Trent Harmon- Continuing to ride the high from dropping his debut album You Got ‘Em All, Harmon released the title track to country radio last year. The song peaked in the Top 40 on Country Airplay.

 

8. High Valley- The Canadian country duo continues to take the country music world by storm. Back in April, they released their new single, “Single Man” from the forthcoming studio album. The song already reached the number two spot on the Canadian country charts. Earlier this month they released “Your Mama” and the video features real-life shots of their families. We hope 2020 brings more music from the rising duo.

 

7. Runaway June- The ladies of Runaway June have had arguably the most successful year! The trio released their debut record Blue Roses, and their radio single “Buy My Own Drinks” cracked the Top 5 on the Country charts, making history as the first song by a female trio to break into the Top 5 in a decade. Additionally, the ladies joined superstar, Carrie Underwood on her sold-out headlining tour. Check out how they expressed their excitement for their success with us here, during our interview with the girls at Taste of Country Music Festival and our most recent Swag Session below.

 

6. Brett Young- 2019 was a big year for Young, both personally and professionally. The singer-songwriter’s beautiful wife Taylor gave birth to their first child together in October, after they celebrated one year of marriage. As a recording artist, Young released his new project, The Acoustic Sessions EP, which followed the release of his Number 1 sophomore record Ticket to L.A. Fans of Young have his newly announced headlining tour to look forward to in the new year. The tour stops at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on February 2nd.

 

5. Ryan Hurd- In 2019, Hurd focused on advancing his career as a solo artist. The talented singer-songwriter sold-out Bowery Ballroom in New York City this past January. We got to catch up with him at Taste of Country, where he shared what it’s like playing for New York fans. Hurd upped the ante by releasing both his EP Panorama and Platonic this year, including lead single “To a T.” Just recently announced, he will be headlining the Platonic Tour with Niko Moon, the tour hits NYC for a two night run on March 4th and 5th.

 

 

4. Russell Dickerson- We are proud to continue to champion the very first artist that New York Country Swag ever featured at our very first event back in January of 2016. Dickerson continues to be one of the most promising rising artists and infectious entertainers on the scene right now. This year, the singer-songwriter achieved a rare feat, as his first three singles to ever go to country radio hit the number one spot on the charts! Even better, the entertainer finally made it to the big stage at Madison Square Garden, where he opened up for Thomas Rhett on his sold-out tour and even shouted out our company, during his set!

 

3. Walker Hayes- Hayes continues to release music that he can be proud of and that his fans can always relate to. This year, he released a beautiful tribute to his wife, Laney, titled “Don’t Let Her,” headlined his own tour, and is about to release Volume 3 of 8Tracks. Check out our interview with the Swag Session alum below, as he talks about “Don’t Let Her,” and his journey.

 

2. Luke Combs- Combs has officially solidified himself as a bonafide country superstar in just a few short years. The singer recently accepted his membership into the Grand Ole Opry and released his record-breaking sophomore record What You See Is What You Get. Combs’ has had seven consecutive singles reach the top spot on County Airplay and continues to sell-out shows in arenas across the country. 2020 is shaping up to be another mega-successful year for the entertainer.

 

1. Drake White- It’s been a relatively quiet year for the White; however, that has not stopped him from bringing his unique talent to stages across the United States. The singer-songwriter captivated fans in New York City back in February when he played at Irving Plaza. He continues to be a mainstay at country music festivals as well.

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for an update on all the artist we named to watch in 2018 and 2019, and then coming soon, our carefully-cultivated 2020 Artist to Watch list.

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Kane Brown Announces The Worldwide Beautiful Tour

Kane Brown Worldwide Tour

Multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter, Kane Brown just announced his very first international, headlining tour. The Worldwide Beautiful Tour will kick off in Dublin on February 2nd, 2020 and continue hitting major cities across the pond such as Paris, Berlin, London and Amsterdam as well as cities in the US and Canada. Along for the ride is Russell Dickerson who just celebrated his third number one hit, “Every Little Thing” and Chris Lane who also celebrated a number one hit with “I Don’t Know About You”. Dickerson and Lane will rotate as direct

Brown’s announcement comes on the heels of the birth of his daughter, Kingsley and the release of a beautiful tribute to his baby girl, “For My Daughter”.  While his collaboration with EDM DJ, Marshmello, “One Right Thing” is approaching 400 million streams.

Most tickets for The Worldwide Beautiful Tour will go on sale Friday, November 15th at 10 am local time. For tickets and more information head to www.kanebrownmusic.com

To keep up with Kane Brown, you can find him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“For My Daughter” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Kane Brown WorldWide Beautiful Tour Dates:
2/2/2020 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy Dublin
2/4/2020 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
2/5/2020 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
2/6/2020 – Paris, France – L’Alhambra
2/8/2020 – Berlin, German – Metropol
2/29/2020 – Atlantic City, NJ – Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
3/1/2020 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
3/5/2020 – Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena
3/6/2020 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
3/7/2020 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
3/19/2020- Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
3/20/2020 – Oshawa, ON – Tribute Comm. Centre
3/21/2020 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
3/26/2020 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
3/28/2020 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
4/23/2020 – Tupelo, MS – BancorpSouth Arena
4/24/2020 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
4/25/2020 – Lafayette, LA – CAJUNDOME
4/30/2020 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
5/1/2020 – Lubbock, TX – United Supermarkets Arena
5/7/2020 – Lincoln, NE** – Pinnacle Bank Arena
5/8/2020 – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center
5/9/2020 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

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Russell Dickerson Achieves Rare Feat as First Three Singles Hit No. 1

Russell Dickerson Album Release

One of our all-time favorite artists and one of our day ones’, Russell Dickerson has achieved a monumental feat. His first three singles to ever be released to country radio hit the number one spot on the charts, including “Yours,” “Blue Tacoma,” and most recently, “Every Little Thing.”

Although there are tons of artists that have reached the top spot on the charts, there are only a few, who have accomplished this as a brand new artist. Dickerson joins the likes of Luke Combs, who currently holds the record with six number ones in a row and Kelsea Ballerini, who’s first three singles all reached the coveted number one spot. Florida Georgia Line rounds out this list with their first four singles also hitting the top spot on Country Airplay in modern times.

This is a testament to these artists, who know their fan base and audience so well that they delivered a debut record that both fans and country radio love and support. Dickerson’s hard work and organic rise to fame deserves to be recognized and applauded, as he truly is the epitome of what hitting the pavement, never giving up, and keeping a positive attitude can do for you.

His first number one, “Yours,” was truly the little song that could. Dickerson first played the song for us, when we hosted our first ever Country Brunch with the singer-songwriter back in January 2016. This was before his record deal and before his debut album, but even then the entertainer knew how to win over fans in the room and mesmerize even the skeptics with his undeniable charm and talent.  Country fans who got to witness his magic and stage presence early on knew then that we had a superstar on our hands.

Russell Dickerson

“Blue Tacoma,” his second single to country radio off his debut record Yours, topped the charts almost a year to the date of his album release. If that’s not proof that he is made for this life, then we don’t know what is! Dickerson played this song, along with his third number one, “Every Little Thing,” and “MGNO,” at our Country On the Water event back in the summer of 2016, when all he had out was an EP.

We are so proud to champion his career over the years, and truly appreciate how he has stayed as humble as they come; despite, all his well-deserved success. Dickerson’s love and pride for what he does was truly showcased when he performed his heart out at Madison Square Garden back in September.

Years prior, our founder, Stephanie Wagner manifested that he would one day perform on that stage. Dickerson also remembered that moment and took time out of his performance to show his support for NYCountry Swag, shouting out our company on the sold-out venue filled with 18k country fans.

We cannot wait to continue to root for more success for the singer-songwriter and predict that one day he will be accepting an honor as Entertainer of the Year.

Congratulations to Russell and his team on this awesome accomplishment!

It will be interesting to see, who will join this crew of talented singer-songwriters next! In the meantime, check out some other rising artists, whose debut singles hit, the top spot on the charts here.

To keep up with Russell Dickerson follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Russell Dickerson Takes People.com Behind-The-Scenes at The Garden

Russell Dickerson People.com

Photo Credit People.com Spencer Combs

On Friday night (September 20th) the Very Hot Summer Tour rolled into New York City, Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Dustin Lynch, and Russell Dickerson played to a sold-out crowd at the iconic, Madison Square Garden. For our full recap of the unforgettable concert, click here. The famed venue is an exciting play for any artist, however, Dickerson who has been playing for NYC fans for years was especially emotional.

Russell Dickerson People.com

He shared with People.com a behind-the-scenes look at the night, photos of backstage, prepping with his band, a moment with his wife, Kailey and even included another shout out to NYCountry Swag, the very first company to have him perform in NYC in 2016. Check out the entire article here: Going to the Garden! Behind-the-Scenes with Russell Dickerson as He Opens for Thomas Rhett at MSG.

Check out the video below from the sold out MSG show where Dickerson took a moment to thank his fans, family, and team and recalled playing for NYCountry Swag years ago.

We are so grateful for Russell Dickerson and his team’s support over the years and we look forward to watching this future Entertainer of the Year continue to garner fans all over the country, and seeing people react to his live show the same way we did when watching him back in 2016, for the very first time at Libation NYC. Watch our recap video from our very first event as NYCountry Swag with Russell Dickerson below.

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Thomas Rhett & His ‘VHS’ Tour Give Fans an Unforgettable Night at MSG

Thomas Rhett MSG VHS Tour

It was truly an unforgettable night at Madison Square Garden as Thomas Rhett brought his Very Hot Summer (VHS) tour to a sold-out “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” With him were special guests Russell Dickerson, Dustin Lynch and his father, Rhett Akins, to support his funk-infused country show that left the New York City fans in awe.

Rhett Akins led off with two songs he wrote for other artists: Jon Pardi’s “Dirt on My Boots” and Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here.” He mentioned how cool it was to be opening for his son, playing at this iconic arena again. He played two original songs in “Don’t Get Me Started” and “That Ain’t My Truck.” Putting things in perspective, Akins said he wrote: “That Ain’t My Truck” when his son was only four years old.

Back in 2016, just weeks after NYCountry Swag officially launched, we hosted Russell Dickerson during our very first event at Libation NYC. To say we believed in him and his talent is a vast understatement, and we just knew that one day we would be celebrating his Madison Square Garden debut. Watching him perform for that many fans, hearing them sing back his words was emotional for our entire team. He played five songs from his latest album, Yours including the title track, “Billions,” “Blue Tacoma,” his current single “Every Little Thing” and “MGNO” (My Girl’s Night Out) that he blended with Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Dickerson got emotional after performing “Blue Tacoma” as he recalled playing for our company in a small bar to now playing Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City.

 

“I remember sitting on top of a barstool, sitting on a box, (for) a little thing called NYCountry Swag (playing with) a microphone duct-taped to a mic stand with about twenty-five people there. The fact that all y’all packed in tonight…thank you, thank you.” MSG turned into a rave scene during “MGNO” as the fans were dancing and cheering the singer-songwriter on as he jumped and ran all over the stage. The Tennessee native hyped up the NYC fans as they got ready for the next act, Dustin Lynch.

Lynch started with the lead single from his third studio album, Current Mood, “Seein’ Red” then followed it with three songs from his second album Where It’s At, including the title track, “Hell Of a Night” and “Mind Reader.” During his performance of “I’d Be Jealous Too,” Lynch sat in the middle of the stretched out catwalk signing autographs, taking selfies and singing into fans’ cell phones. Lynch then went all the way back to his first single, “Cowboys and Angels,” a song in which he wrote as a dedication to the love his grandparents shared.

 

Lynch took a lot of time to talk to the crowd about his journey from being a kid listening to country music all the way to opening for Thomas Rhett at Madison Square Garden. His biggest influences growing up were George Strait and Garth Brooks, along with Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, of course. He covered bits of four songs in between each portion of the story: “Chattahoochee” by Alan Jackson, “Something Like That” by Tim McGraw, “What Was I Thinkin’” by Dierks Bentley and “Love Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban. Lynch has a special relationship with both Urban and Bentley. Dierks told Dustin to knock on every door and take every chance you can get if you want to be a successful artist. Those words stuck with him to this very day.  “If you guys take anything away from my show tonight, I want you to take this away: If you have a dream and you really believe in yourself…do not take ‘no’ for an answer, from anybody,”  he emoted. “We’re here living the dream tonight because we did that.” Lynch will join Dierks Bentley for a special show at Michie Stadium in West Point, NY, home of the Army Black Knights on October 18th.

The singer-songwriter recalled receiving a phone call back in 2012 from a number he did not recognize. He picked up anyway and it was Keith Urban on the other line asking him to join him on his Light The Fuse Tour with Little Big Town. That was the first time Lynch and his band played this historic arena. Lynch closed his set with his most recent single, “Ridin’ Roads” and two number ones in “Good Girl” and “Small Town Boy.” Lynch tipped his cowboy hat as he exited the stage as fans got ready for their headliner, Thomas Rhett.

 

Rhett literally jumped out of the stage (yes, he was inside the stage) and began singing his most recent number one hit, “Look What God Gave Her” from his most recent album Center Point Road. He kept the energy going with three more upbeat songs, one from each of his first three albums; “Crash And Burn” from Tangled, “Get Me Some of That” – It Goes Like This and “Craving You” – Life Changes.

At the end of Rhett’s performance of “Notice,” the crowd went silent as the 2019 ACM Male Artist of the Year played one more acoustic chorus of the song. The fans responded with loud applause. After “Sixteen,”  One of Rhett’s powerhouse backup vocalists joined him on stage to take Little Big Town’s spot in the R&B-influenced track off the new album, “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time.” He then followed that with a speech before playing his current single “Remember You Young.” Rhett got choked up on stage reminiscing about how he got here. Back in 2013 he opened for Jason Aldean at MSG and only got twenty minutes on stage. Flash-forward six years later he is headlining a sold-out show at the same venue. Fans lit up the crowd with their flashlights during this very sentimental song.

Rhett went a different route with his performance of “Make Me Wanna” as he jazzed up the traditional-sounding country song by heavily adding the six-piece band that was behind him. Rhett also threw in a verse from Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” in the middle of his number one song. After performing his most personal song, “Life Changes,” the 29-year-old played three stripped-down songs, including “Star of the Show,” “That Old Truck” and an unreleased song titled “To The Guys Who Date My Girls.” Although it’s a slow, heartfelt tune, Rhett throws some humor in there with the line “When you pull her close, make sure you leave some room for Jesus. If you cross that line, I swear boy, you’re gonna meet him.”  You can listen to the song below.

Next, he mentioned before performing “Beer Can’t Fix” that Jon Pardi, the country artist who is featured on the studio recording was not in attendance, so he was going to need some help. When Pardi’s verse came up, Lynch and Dickerson returned to the stage sporting New York Knicks jerseys to continue the song. Then Rhett Akins ran up the long catwalk with a cooler and then distributed cans of Bud Light to the guys on stage.

Rhett stretched out “Vacation” and handed the mic over to the DJ to introduce the band behind the country super-star. Each of them got a solo on their respected instrument and when it was time for Rhett’s shout-out, he dazzled the crowd with an incredible drum solo.

He couldn’t leave the stage before performing his last two slow songs of the night in “Marry Me” and “Die a Happy Man.” Rhett let the audience sing the final chorus of “Die a Happy Man” which gave us, and probably a majority of the fans, major chills. “If Madison Square Garden in New York City is the last show I ever get to play…I could die, a happy man,” he sung as the final lyrics to his number one hit song.

 

Rhett ended this spectacular show with “Unforgettable” and “T-shirt”. For the finale of “Unforgettable”, Rhett ran across the stage as rainbow-colored confetti rained down onto the fans. Words cannot describe the energy of the crowd the entire 90-plus minute show. A historic night at Madison Square Garden for the artists and the fans alike. For exclusive clips from the show, head to our Instagram Stories highlight.

Although this week marks the beginning of fall, Rhett and his supporting cast will extend summer until October 12th where they will close the tour at the one and only Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

To keep up with Thomas Rhett, follow him on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

 

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss Russell Dickerson on the VHS Tour

One of our favorite rising artists is Russell Dickerson and he is currently on tour with Dustin Lynch, Rhett Akins, and Thomas Rhett as it makes its way across the country this summer. The ‘Very Hot Summer Tour’ is coming to PNC Bank Arts Center this Saturday, August 3rd and comes to the iconic Madison Square Garden on September 20th.

Russell Dickerson

We’ve been featuring Dickerson since before he was signed to his record deal with Triple Tigers and way before his debut album. He was the very first artist at our first event in January of 2016 and we’ve championed his career since then. With two number one hits, “Yours” and “Blue Tacoma” and sold-out shows, he is well on his way to superstardom and here are 5 reasons why you should be sure to head into the venue early to catch his opening set.

1. His Energy Is Contagious

From the minute he steps on stage, Russell Dickerson brings the energy level to an 11. He runs around the stage performing his hit songs and gives everything he has during his shows. Most recently, we caught his set for New York’s Country 94.7 Kick Off to Summer and at the very end of his set, with the help of radio personality Kelly Ford, he removed his shoes, ran through the crowd and dove into the pool.

 

 

2. His Music Is Perfect To Sing Along To

Even if you have never seen Dickerson live, you will be able to sing along to his songs during his set, especially his summertime jam, “Float” which he instructs the crowd to just spell out the word to the infectious beat. His debut single “Yours” and his second number single to radio were played so often we can guarantee that you will know those words too. He even throws in an upbeat cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” when he mashes the classic with his song “MGNO” (My Girls Night Out). Each time he closes his show with that mashup, you will find yourself jumping up and down to the beat with the entire venue.

 

3. You’ll Be In The Presence of True Love

If you have a good view of the side stage, always standing there, singing along and rooting on her husband is Russ’ wife, Kailey. “Yours” was written about their love story and Kailey is always his biggest supporter, she even filmed the music video for the song which was nominated for a CMT Award. To read more about how they met and fell in love, be sure to read our interview with his beautiful partner when she was our Woman of the Month back in 2018.

4. His First Two Songs Hit the Top of the Charts and His Next Single Is Climbing the Charts Too

Just a few months after his debut album Yours, was released, the title track hit the very top of the charts which is an incredible feat for a new artist. Then, almost a year to the day from the album release, his second single “Blue Tacoma” took that top spot. His latest single “Every Little Thing” is another absolute jam and is currently climbing the charts so when you hear it on the radio be sure to TURN IT UP.

5. You Can Say You Knew Him When

For followers of NYCountry Swag, you knew about the singer-songwriter way before his record deal and number ones since he jumped up on the bar to play our Country Brunch in January of 2016 and then hit Rockaway Beach for a Country Night on the Water in June of 2016. Watch a recap video from the incredible night of music above. If you’ve followed us since those early days you can claim you knew him when and if you haven’t you can be sure to take notice of this rising star before he takes off into superstardom.

Make sure you get into the venue early to see Dickerson’s sure to be killer set! If you don’t have your tickets yet grab them here for PNC Bank Arts Center this Saturday, August 3rd and for Madison Square Garden September 20th

To keep up with Russell Dickerson follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and check out his full catalog below.

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New York’s Country 94.7 Kick Off to Summer with Russell Dickerson

Kick Off

The perfect way to kick off not only the summer but Memorial Day Weekend is with some cold drinks, a beautiful sunny day and country music. New York’s Country 94.7 and Radio.com hosted its annual summer kick off at Headliner on the Jersey Shore on Friday featuring Jessica Rose, Matt Stell, and Russell Dickerson.

Stell who kicked off the event was also celebrating the release of his brand new EP, Everywhere But On, by taking the stage in New Jersey. Fans of the artists and the radio station came out early to support, grab a drink and listen to the great music. He performed songs from the EP including “Last Habit”, and “Better I Drink” as well as his radio single, “Prayed For You” which is currently climbing the charts. Although it was early, the fans raised their drinks and danced along as Stell covered Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” as well as the classic John Michael Montgomery hit “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”

Matt Stell Kick Off to Summer

Next up, Russell Dickerson took the small stage, to bring his high-energy set to the intimate crowd in New Jersey for an afternoon of hits and even revealed a few new songs. Rocking a tie-dye shirt and pink sunglasses, Dickerson danced around the stage performing songs from his debut album, Yours, including “Float”, “Would You Love Me”, and “All Fall Down”.

Russell Dickerson Kick Off

He played two brand new songs for the New Jersey crowd, “Some Things Never Get Old” and “Something To Dance To”.  The afternoon wouldn’t be complete without his latest radio single “Every Little Thing” and the two songs that have reached the top of the charts “Blue Tacoma” and “Yours,”. All three tracks had the crowd singing along. Closing out his set in the most epic way, Dickerson not only climbed the stage but with the help of New York’s Country 94.7 radio personality and morning show host, Kelly Ford, got his shoes off and ran through the crowd, jumping and doing a cannonball into the pool.

Dickerson now heads out on the Very Hot Summer Tour with Dustin Lynch, Rhett Akins, and headliner Thomas Rhett. The tour hits our area on September 20th at the iconic Madison Square Garden. Grab your tickets now.

Keeping the music going, New York City artist and local Nash Next winner, Jessica Rose entertained the crowd next, closing out the afternoon. She performed her songs “One of The Boys”, “Rose Tattoo” and even covered Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman”. The perfect weather along with the high-energy performances, it was the ultimate way to kick off the weekend.

Keep up with New York’s Country 94.7 by following them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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