Russell: So I was born in a small town about 3 hours west of here called Union City. So the small town, country music life was definitely a part of my upbringing. But moving to Nashville at such a young age I was very infulenced by all kinds of other music, like rock, pop, and hip hop. Just because it’s Nashville doesnt mean every kid that grows up here listens to country. The country I was raised on was Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. It was actually a girlfriend I had in college that got me back into Country, and I mean OLD Country. George Jones, Jim Reeves etc. So that season of my life gave me a whole new perspective and appreciation for Country Music.
Dr Sarah: Last summer you released your hit EP Yours & it was hugely successful! It actually debuted at number 14 on the Billboard Country Album chart.. What did that feel like?
It must have been surreal!
Dr Sarah: There is also a wedding version. Did you know that it was going to be such a big wedding hit as well?
Russell: Well the fans were what kinda inspired this version. I got so many tweets and posts that said they were using ‘Yours’ for their first dance. So I was like hmmm. what if i made a more chill version that like a bride could walk down the aisle to… So that’s where the wedding edition came from.
Dr Sarah: You have been touring a lot! Where has been your favorite place to play?
Russell: ANYWHERE THERES A PLACE PACKED WITH FANS SCREAMING EVERY WORD!!!! Seriously, when I’m on stage I go hard! And when the crowd is giving me all that energy right back it doesnt matter where you are, its just a magical experience. Thats why we do it!
Dr Sarah: Recently you got to play on stage with Thomas Rhett. What was that like?
Dr Sarah: Speaking of playing how excited are you to play at CMA Fest in a few weeks? And of course what reporter from Boston are you pumped to meet?
Dr Sarah: Actually when are you going to play in Boston?!?! I have a lot of fans asking!!
Russell: ACTUALLY Were playing Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut! Thats like less than 2 hours! Thats the closest we will be for now. 🙂
Thank you guys for taking the time to get to know me and what I do as an artist. I really appreciate it! SEE YOU AT CMA FEST!!!!