With the success of his new single, "Yours," Russell Dickerson is gearing up to hit the road with Thomas Rhett on the 2017 Home Team Tour.

Dickerson tells Taste of Country that he got a personal invitation from Rhett to join the tour after listening to the rising star's EP, Yours, and liked what he heard. "He was blown away, he just really dug it," Dickerson says of the "Die a Happy Man" singer's reaction to the EP. "It's just a testament to him and really believing in me and just loving the music."

The "Yours" singer cites Rhett as a model example of the type of artist he hopes to be in terms of his own music, calling the country star a risk-taker. "I love that he takes chances," Dickerson says of Rhett, adding that he doesn't shy away from following his own path. "When he writes a song and releases the song, he's not afraid to take some chances, and neither am I, and I think that's why we really bonded over our music. He's got a lot of guts."

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Dickerson, who will take the stage alongside fellow opening acts Kelsea Ballerini and Ryan Hurd, is looking forward to the full-production scale of the show, in addition to hopefully finding writing time with the three artists that he calls "great writers." He also hopes to learn new skills to reach the same level of musicianship as an artist like Rhett.

"[T]he key word right there is 'learn' because I'm always learning whether it's [a] live show or songs or anything like that," Dickerson admits. "Because once you stop learning, you're going to get passed up, so I'm always trying to grow and I just want to elevate my level of entertainment to the same as Thomas...I'll just keep pushing and pushing and pushing the genre of country music to the masses."

The 2017 Home Team Tour continues throughout 2017 with several additional dates added due to popular demand. Dickerson will open for Rhett during select dates on the tour.

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