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Jameson Rodgers at Rick's Cafe

Jameson Rodgers at Rick's Cafe

Jobe Fortner

Fri, September 7, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

This show is at Rick's Cafe in Starkville, MS.

No refunds.

Jameson Rodgers
Jameson Rodgers
"You kind of know if it's your song or not, after you write it," says singer-songwriter Jameson Rodgers, explaining the strange, mystical process by which new tunes are brought into the world and find their intended performer.

It's the same kind of self-assurance the soft-spoken Rodgers displays on his independently released single Some Girls, available Septmebr 8th, 2017. Produced by Mickey Jack Cones (Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols) and Chris Farren, the song and soon coming EP showcases him as both a talented writer and interpreter, merging the electrified rock he heard on the baseball diamond with the thoughtful lyricism of country.

Well before he was singing for his supper, the Batesville, Mississippi native was an accomplished baseball player who was a scholarship athlete at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Raised in the midst of country's '90s commercial heyday – his first concert was Garth Brooks at the Pyramid in Memphis – Rodgers always had an inkling that he might end up living in Music City, he just didn't know how or when.

"I can remember in high school I would tell people – this was before I played guitar or anything – I would just be like, 'Yeah, I'm gonna move to Nashville one day,'" he recalls.

And so he did, departing Mississippi with one of his college buddies to see if he could make it in Music City. Through the countless open mic nights and lean years that inevitably followed, Rodgers was able to develop the songwriting voice that would eventually earn his first publishing deal with Combustion Music.

"I went into songwriting boot camp," he says. "That's all I did. I hardly played any shows or anything. I just focused on writing." In the meantime, Rodgers scored his first cut on Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots, with "Wish You Were on It." He also released his self-titled EP, featuring the streaming hit "Midnight Daydream."

All that intense focus shows on Some Girls and his forth coming second EP.

On "Some Girls" he's ended things and she's not handling it well – talking behind his back and playing childish games on social media. "Some girls make it easy on you," he sighs, "and some girls never do."

That dedication, coupled with Rodgers' finely-tuned ear for songs, makes him perfectly suited to lean forward into Nashville's ever-shifting winds while honoring his roots.

"I want to be known as the dude with good songs," he says. "If a song gives you chill bumps or if it makes you cry or if it makes you happy, it's done its job."

That may sound like a relatively humble mission for a performer with such promise, but hey, sometimes you just know.

Raised in Batesville, Mississippi, singer-songwriter Jameson Rodgers brings together electrified rock & roll and country songwriting on his new single, Some Girls. The former college baseball player scored his first cut with "Wish You Were on It" from Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots. He released his self-titled EP in 2016 and has opened shows for Sam Hunt and Old Dominion, among others.
Venue Information:
Rick's Cafe
319 Highway 82 East
Starkville, MS, 39759