Artist Updates: Russell Dickerson, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Larry Gatlin

Russell Dickerson Track Makes Logan Film

Russell Dickerson

Nashville-bred singer/songwriter Russell Dickerson recorded “Blue Tacoma” in 2016 before signing to Sony’s Triple Tigers label last year. Now, “Blue Tacoma,” has been included in the Marvel comics film Logan, a follow up to the X-Men favorite, Wolverine. The movie features actor Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in his latest X-Men movie.

“I’ve always been a huge X-Men fan! Since the very first movie,” said Dickerson after screening the film and hearing his song’s placement. “You write these songs and put them out into the universe, not knowing their lifespan or reach, so to have a song I wrote and recorded a few years ago appear in one of these Marvel movies today, well it’s the craziest feeling. Fifteen-year-old Russell would be so stoked!”

Dickerson is touring as part of Thomas Rhett’s 2017 Home Team Tour alongside Kelsea Ballerini and Ryan Hurd.


Caitlyn Smith, The Brummies Added To Little Big Town Ryman Dates

As Little Big Town continues its year-long artist residency, “Little Big Town at the Mother Church,” from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, artists Caitlyn Smith and The Brummies have been selected to open upcoming shows. Smith will open the May 19 show, while The Brummies will open the May 20 show.


Kellie Pickler Joins Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler has announced a collaboration with Nickelodeon’s Shimmer and Shine, where she provides the voice for the new character, Zora the genie pirate. Pickler sings two new original songs in the series as Zora.

The animated children’s series was introduced to Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. in 2015, and follows the adventures of fraternal twin genies, Shimmer and Shine, who unintentionally create chaos while attempting to grant wishes for their human best friend, Leah.


Larry Gatlin Announces New Musical Quanah, To Launch April 28 In Dallas

Larry Gatlin has turned his creative talents to writing and starring in the new musical Quanah, which will run April 28-May 7 at the Irving Art Center Carpenter Performance Hall in Dallas.

David Phelps will star as Quanah, while Gatlin will play the character Old Ranger. The supporting cast includes Brett Warner as Lucinda, Lauren Scott as Cynthia Ann, Daron Cockerell as Nauda, Sony Franks as McKenzie and Tim Brawner as James Parker. Quanah arranger Galen Butler conducts the Lyric Stage Orchestra with direction and choreography by John De Los Santos.

Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 972-252-2787.



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