For Sanders Bohlke and Brad Odum, Rookie Season was ten years in the
making. It started as an experiment. Bohlke was a solo artist living in
Mississippi. Odum was a touring drummer in Nashville. They played their
first show as a duo for Bohlkes solo project to a sold-out crowd in Oxford,
MS. Theyd only rehearsed once. Theyd only met once. Theyd never
seen each other play live, but the experiment worked. Something clicked.
Maybe it was their love for Kings of Comedy. Or their mutual affinity for
Nike. Maybe it was just the music. Whatever it was, it was special.
The two spent the next several years touring and making albums, but it
was always Odum playing drums for Bohlkes solo project, until they
decided to try another experiment - to write together. But they didnt
want to just write together, they wanted to create together. Fueled by
their love for basketball, design, and of course, R&B, the two set out on a
creative venture. The goal: to make the type of music they listened to,
and the type of art they admired, and the types of clothes they wore.
Over the next several months, this collaboration grew into what would
become Rookie Season. They continued to scheme. They started
designing apparel. They began conceptualizing a magazine. All of this
was the culmination of their ten-year friendship, but it all started with the
In 2016, Rookie Season headed into the studio and recorded two singles,
Call You and Backtalker. Those singles were released on all platforms on
September 22 and both were immediately featured on Spotify playlists.
On May 25, The Collide, their first album of nine original R&B songs was