Rooted in Country: Russell Dickerson on Jim Reeves’ ‘He’ll Have to Go’

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Tennessee native Russell Dickerson has been making a name for himself as a singer-songwriter in the Nashville for years. Last year, his independently-released single “Yours” became one of the most popular wedding songs in country music. Dickerson’s smooth, entrancing vocals and heartfelt lyrics flawlessly meld together into a love song that spans many genres.


In a recent chat with Wide Open Country, Dickerson revealed that Jim Reeves‘ classic track, “He’ll Have to Go,” has made a lasting impact on him as both an artist and music fan. The rising artist shared the emotional connection that has made the track a life-long favorite.

“Me and my granddad sang that song all the time,” he explained. “He just passed away, so that’s a really special song, especially right now.”


Both Reeves’ old school hit and Dickerson’s breakthrough track have a unique quality that immediately draws the listener in and makes them feel connected. Both songs also appeal to fans of many genres, which is an achievement obtained by very few artists.

“Jim Reeves was a crossover artist from pop to country back in the day, and I admire that,” Dickerson says. “That’s a big part of what I do as well.”

Stay tuned to Wide Open Country for an exclusive interview with Dickerson on his rise to stardom in Nashville and what’s to come in 2016.

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Rooted in Country: Russell Dickerson on Jim Reeves’ ‘He’ll Have to Go’