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Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (The MACC) 2014 by Ted Lehmann

2014-macc-dave-adkins-by-ted-lehmann2014-macc-edgar-by-ted-lehmann“Two attractive personalities with distinctly different personal and musical styles have merged their talents into this newly formed bluegrass band. Dave Adkins is big in almost every way – his voice, his stage personality, his puppy-dog personality, and outgoing ebullience. Edgar Loudermilk, a veteran of many fine bands and recently having left seven years as bassist and harmony singer at IIIrd Tyme Out, is more restrained, a thoughtful, quiet singer/songwriter whose warmth is genuine and restrained. They’ve come together to showcase their talents and are developing toward creating a unique blend.”  READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT TED LEHMANN’S BLUEGRASS, BOOKS & BRAINSTORMS

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IBMA 2nd Award Ballot

IBMALogo-newThank you so much to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s voting members for placing us on the 2nd ballot.  We certainly appreciate your consideration when casting your vote.  Results from this ballot determine the final nominees for 2014 IBMA Awards.

Song of the Year
Pike County Jail – Dave Adkins

Album of the Year
Nothing To Lose – Dave Adkins

Emerging Artist of the Year
Dave Adkins
Adkins & Loudermilk

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dave Adkins

Bass Player of the Year
Edgar Loudermilk

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Dave Adkins Continues to Top Charts with “Pike County Jail”

dave adkins stage-smallDave Adkins has not only been gaining attention for his powerful live performances and one of a kind lead vocals, but he’s also achieving great chart success with numerous tracks from his Mountain Fever Records’ album, NOTHING TO LOSE. His original song, “Pike County Jail,” is #1 again on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart where it has landed in the top spot three times this year and appeared on the chart for 13 consecutive weeks. The popular tune is #2 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 for July.

“Pike County Jail” was the biggest chart mover on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 Song chart climbing to #19 from its debut at #30 last month. The album moved up on the magazine’s Top 15 Album chart to #12 from its debut at #15 last month.

NOTHING TO LOSE also appears this week at #3 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart with two songs appearing on the RMR Top 50 Song Chart – “Tennessee Twister” at #3 and “Nothing To Lose” at #5.

The bluegrass gospel track, “Don’t’ Pray That Way” just made its debut at #9 on the Singing News Magazine Gospel Chart.

Dave Adkins & Edgar Loudermilk are currently on tour including this weekend’s huge Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival held at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge, TN. Thousands gather every year for this free July 4th celebration. This year’s artists line-up includes the headliner Lonestar, along with Adkins & Loudermilk, the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Tim Kellar Band, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors.

Adkins & Loudermilk’s busy summer tour continues with more July performances: July 12 at the Grant Street Music Room in Clarkesville, Georgia; July 17 at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival in Columbus, Ohio; July 19 at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, WV; July 20 at the Southern Cove Bluegrass Festival in New Enterprise, PA; and July 31 at the Pickin’ in the Parsons Festival in Parsons, WV.

For a complete tour schedule for Adkins & Loudermilk, visit AdkinsLoudermilk.com, like them on Facebook , follow them on Twitter and download the SONGKICK app to your phone.

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Dave #1 Again on Bluegrass Today Top 20

2014-june27-1onbluegrasstodayCongratulations to Dave Adkins who has the #1 song again on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly Chart with “Pike County Jail” for June 27, 2014.

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SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction Top Tracks & Albums

The June 2014 Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Chart includes both Dave Adkins (#4 with Pike County Jail) and Edgar Loudermilk (#17 That Little Girl of Mine in Carolina)on the MOST PLAYED TRACKS.

Both Dave and Edgar’s albums appear in the MOST PLAYED ALBUMS!

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CBS Daytime Tri-Cities TV in Johnson City, TN Thursday, June 12, 2014

tv-cbs-johnsoncity-april12-2014-dave-edgarDave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk will perform live on WJHL TV (CBS) Daytime Tri-Cities in Johnson City on Thursday, June 12 at 10:00 AM and again on the station’s News at Noon show at 12:00 pm. Later that evening, Adkins & Loudermilk will perform at the Covered Bridge Celebration in downtown Elizabethton, Tenn. where they are set to take the stage at 7:15 PM.

The 48th Annual Covered Bridge Celebration takes place from June 11-14, 2014 celebrating the Queen of the Doe. There will be live entertainment each evening, arts and crafts and fabulous festival food. Thursday will is Bluegrass Night with the Dennis Cove Band at 4:00; Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome at 5:00, Carson Peters Band at 6:15; Adkins & Loudermilk at 7:15; and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out at 8:45 PM. For more information including a complete Schedule of Events, please contact the Elizabethton Chamber at 423.547.3850 or visit ElizabethtonChamber.com.

Adkins & Loudermilk are busy on tour and also celebrating two albums on Mountain Fever Records. , Dave Adkins’ NOTHING TO LOSE” album features the hot single “Pike County Jail” that is the current #1 song on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly song chart. The song has been on the chart for 9 consecutive weeks and in the Top 5 five times. Edgar Loudermilk’s solo album, MY BIG CHANCE TOMORROW, was released to rave reviews last October and he has had numerous tracks appear on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly and Weekly charts as well.
For more information on Adkins & Loudermilk, visit AdkinsLoudermilk.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Dave #1 on Bluegrass Today Top 20

2014-june6-dave-no-1-bluegrasstodayCongratulations to Dave Adkins who has the #1 song on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly Chart with “Pike County Jail” on June 6, 2014.

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Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20

bluegrasstodaymonthlychart-may2014Dave debuted today at #8 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 with his song “Pike County Jail.” View the entire chart at

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Review by Digital Rodeo for Dave Adkins’ Nothing to Lose

dave-adkins-nothingtolose250w“He is a true talent and his music is definitely Bluegrass with a country flair. Everyone needs to have a copy of this wonderful album for their collections—no techno—just pure music.”  Read the entire review at Digital Rodeo http://digitalrodeo.com/news/music-reviews-ray-pricedave-adkinsdakota-bradley

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Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Debuts Dave Adkins Track by Track

dave-adkins-kyle-cantrell-april2014Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction debuts TRACK BY TRACK this week with “Nothing to Lose” by Dave Adkins in the spotlight. Dave joins Kyle Cantrell in studio for the show, and you’ll hear all the tracks:
Wednesday (4/23) at 11 AM EDT
Rebroadcasts:
4/24 9 PM EDT; 4/26 8 AM EDT; 4/27 12 PM EDT.

Also available On Demand

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Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 Chart

edgar2cvr600-e1381324760987Edgar’s “Blue Lonesome Blue” appears at #19 on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Top 20 Song Chart for April and also on the Weekly Top 20 at #20 for April 4, 2014.

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Review by The Daily Vault of Dave’s “Nothing to Lose”

“Dave Adkins has been around bluegrass music for a little while, and is familiar to some fans from his previous effort with Dave Adkins and Republik Steele. His 2014 solo release, Nothing To Lose, is a precursor to him teaming up with Edgar Loudermilk for a new band. Nothing To Lose is really brilliant bluegrass. Adkins has a strong voice that could easily fit into blues or rock, and he brings that sound to the bluegrass genre well, much like the SteelDrivers does.” Read the entire review at The Daily Vault

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Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart – March 14

albumcover-edgar-loudermilk-250x250Edgar’s “Blue Lonesome Blue” appears at #15 on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart for March 14, 2014

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Nothing To Lose by Dave Adkins Released on Mountain Fever

“It is an album with a stunning variety of bluegrass songs, all of them performed perfectly.” PARCBENCH

Dave_Adkins_DSC_1730-EditTake a one of a kind voice, a commanding stage presence, and a killer songwriter who can conjur up the long lonesome feeling of bluegrass music with a stealth and hearty vocal like no other and you’re quick to understand that Dave Akins is a rarity. He showcases these qualities and more with power on his new solo release Nothing to Lose, out TODAY on Mountain Fever. Produced by both Adkins and ADKINS/LOUDERMILK partner Edgar Loudermilk, this is a strong album indeed.

Adkins voice is deeply soulful and ladened with multiple textures that present him as a standout among today’s bluegrass vocalists. With a healthy amount of buzz amidst music fans as a result of his exciting live performances and powerhouse vocal chops, Adkins is quickly making a solo name for himself. Mostly recently with a nomination for SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year.

dave-adkins-nothingtolose250wAfter years in groups and supporting or fronting others, Adkins is very proud of the results with Nothing to Lose. “Nothing to Lose is my first solo project and I couldn’t be happier for it to include three songs I wrote and one that was co-written with Edgar Loudermilk,” he says.  The first single from the album, “Pike County Jail,” rose into the Top 20 on Bluegrass Today’s chart. “In talking about the song, Adkins elaborates, “When I was writing this song I wanted to keep it traditional and something you could really tap your toes to. Although it’s a prison song, it has a ray of hope for new beginnings and comes off as a happy tune,” he adds.

Those who have followed Adkins career know that he has a great deal of respect for those who buy his music and come to his shows. “I have always called them friends, not fans. My friends know that one of my frequent sayings is “Put Some Grass In It,” he says.

So, what better title for a song. “Through this song I get to share my favorite expression and give a nod to some of my Bluegrass heroes,” says Adkins. “It’s a song about not trying to imitate them but hopefully paying tribute to them with my own flavor and style. This song expresses my love of Bluegrass music and my desire to try to make the masters proud while keeping the genre alive.”

Other favorites on the album include “Don’t Pray That Way,” a song that was a true labor of love for Adkins. “This song is about faith and courage inspired by someone that I grew up with in my church. I hope that it serves as a tribute to her selflessness and love of others,” he says.

On “Pretty Little Liar,” Adkins teams up with new musical partner Edgar Loudermilk. “This song started as an idea I had and shared with Edgar,” he says. From there it took on a life all its own. It has a beautiful soothing melody with a sinister twist in the end.”

Adkins thoroughly enjoyed making this album. “I have had a blast making this CD and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented professionals in the business. I am thankful for the experience of co-producing this project with Edgar Loudermilk and Mark Hodges,” he says.

Mountain Fever’s Hodges is equally excited. “Everyone pretty much knows what a great singer Dave is,” he says. “But it takes great songs to make a good record and we all put a lot of time into finding the right songs not only to highlight Dave’s powerful vocals but to create an album… an album like we used to buy on vinyl that had a purpose rather than just a pile of songs like so many artists are putting out today. This record doesn’t just sound good, it feels good.” For more information on Nothing to Lose visit www.mountainfever.com.

Adkins is already out on tour with Adkins & Loudermilk, supporting their individual solo efforts on Mountain Fever, and they will begin production of their first duo CD in the near future. Loudermilk’s solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews last October.

Adkins hit the road this week for a full docket of live in-studio radio interviews to support his solo release, including sitting with Judith Burnette’s Blue Ridge Backroads on Blue Ridge Country Radio 98.1 at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight, March 11th, to listen to the entire record. Other stations this week include:

Monday March 10th:
WDHR 93.1 – Pikeville, KY
WXCC 96.5 – Williamson, WV
WPKE 103.1 – Pikeville, KY
WZLK 107.5 – Virgie, KY

Wednesday March 12th
Buddy Michaels Show (multiple channels) Hometown Festival Show
WBAG 1150 am – Burlington, NC WKRX 96.7 – , NC
WLHC/WLQC – Sanford, NC Life 1031

Tuesday March 18th
Patriotic Radio Network with Duane Hess 8PM

 

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Bluegrass Today: Dave Adkins Has Nothing to Lose

bluegrass-today-logo“Some bluegrass folks are just meant to sing together: Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent. Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley. And a seemingly endless string of brothers, from the Delmores to the Gibsons. Add to that list Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk. They team up repeatedly on Adkins’ terrific solo project, Nothing to Lose, released today by Mountain Fever Records, and the result is sublime. On song after song, their voices blend like they’ve been singing together for years, instead of just a matter of months.” Read the entire article at BLUEGRASS TODAY

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Review: Parchbench reviews Dave’s “Nothing To Lose”

“It is an album with a stunning variety of bluegrass songs, all of them performed perfectly.”  Read the entire review at PARCBENCH.

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Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20

Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart for February 7, 2014 has Edgar’s song “Little Girl of Mine in Carolina” debuting at #9 along with “Blue Lonesome Blue” at #17.  Dave’s new single “Pike County Jail” appears at #11. Read more at BluegrassToday.com

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Edgar Loudermilk joins Kyle Cantrell for a Track by Track

**ALL-NEW STUDIO SPECIAL THIS WEDNESDAY 1/29/13**

edgar-loudermilk-mybigchancetomorrowEdgar Loudermilk joins Kyle Cantrell for a Track by Track with his new CD, My Big Chance Tomorrow. Fans will hear all tracks on the album, as well as details about the new Adkins & Loudermilk collaboration, Edgar’s departure from IIIrd Tyme Out, and more!

Listen Wednesday (1/29) at 11 AM EST.

Rebroadcasts: 1/30 9 PM EST; 2/1 8 AM EST; 2/2 11 AM EST. Also available starting Wednesday On Demand (siriusxm.com/ondemand) Fans who are not yet Sirius XM Subscribers can sign up for a free trial of Sirius XM Internet Radio at siriusxm.com/freetrial

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Two Songs on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20

bluegrass-today-logoBoth Dave and Edgar appear separately on the January 25, 2014 Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 Song Chart.  Dave is at #5 with his new single, “Pike County Jail” from his upcoming album, NOTHING TO LOSE.”  Edgar is in the #17 spot with “Blue Lonesome Blue” from his album MY BIG CHANCE TOMORROW.  Both of these solo albums are on Mountain Fever Records.

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Dave Adkins Set to Release Solo Debut Nothing to Lose on Mountain Fever March 11th

dave-adkins-nothingtoloseMountain Fever Records will release the highly anticipated solo debut album by Dave Adkins titled Nothing To Lose on March 11th. The first single, “Pike County Jail,” written and performed by Dave Adkins, and produced by Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, was released to much fanfair in November 2013 and to high acclaim.

Adkins is thrilled about the new project. “Nothin to Loose is my first solo project and I couldn’t be happier for it to include 3 songs I wrote and 1 that was co written with Edgar Loudermilk,” he says. “I am so thankful that the first single “Pike County Jail” has been so well received and even showing up in the top 20 of Bluegrass Today’s chart. When I was writing this song I wanted to keep it traditional and something you could really tap your toes to. Although it’s a prison song, it has a ray of hope for new beginnings and comes off as a happy tune,” he adds.

Adkins soulful voice is ladened with numerous textures that make him a standout among today’s bluegrass vocalists. He continues to be on the receiving end of tremendous buzz among music fans due to his exciting live performances supported by those powerful vocals, even garnering him a nomination as SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year earlier this year.

Those who have followed Adkins career know that he has a great deal of respect for those who buy his music and come to his shows. “I have always called them friends, not fans. My friends know that one of my frequent sayings is “Put Some Grass In It,” he says.

So, what better title for a song. “Through this song I get to share my favorite expression and give a nod to some of my Bluegrass heroes,” says Adkins. “It’s a song about not trying to imitate them but hopefully paying tribute to them with my own flavor and style. This song expresses my love of Bluegrass music and my desire to try to make the masters proud while keeping the genre alive.”

Other favorites on the album include “Don’t Pray That Way,” a song that was a true labor of love for Adkins. “This song is about faith and courage inspired by someone that I grew up with in my church. I hope that it serves as a tribute to her selflessness and love of others,” he says.

On “Pretty Little Liar,” Adkins teams up with new musical partner Edgar Loudermilk. “This song started as an idea I had and shared with Edgar,” he says. From there it took on a life all its own. It has a beautiful soothing melody with a sinister twist in the end.”

Adkins thoroughly enjoyed making this album. “I have had a blast making this CD and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented professionals in the business. I am thankful for the experience of co-producing this project with Edgar Loudermilk and Mark Hodges,” he says.

Mountain Fever’s Hodges is equally excited about the album. “By now everyone pretty much knows what a great singer Dave is,” he says. “But it takes great songs to make a good record and we all put a lot of time into finding the right songs not only to highlight Dave’s powerful vocals but to create an album… an album like we used to buy on vinyl that had a purpose rather than just a pile of songs like so many artists are putting out today. This record doesn’t just sound good, it feels good.” For more information on Nothing to Lose visit www.mountainfever.com.

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Two New Band Members Announced

 Dave Adkins & Edgar Loudermilk are very proud to announce the addition of Andrew Crawford and Glen Crain to the band!  Please visit our BIO page to learn more about these guys.

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Bluegrass Today: New Start for Adkins & Loudermilk

Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk both had pretty good gigs going when they chatted backstage at the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival earlier this year. They wrote a song together, then another, and a couple more after that. They sang and picked and it wasn’t long before they were calling each other “Old Buzzard.” Read the entire article at BLUEGRASS TODAY.

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“My Big Chance Tomorrow” Album by Edgar Loudermilk

edgar2cvr600-e1381324760987Mountain Fever Records presents the brand new release, My Big Chance Tomorrow, from longtime bluegrass singer and bass player, Edgar Loudermilk, this week. Loudermilk’s strong, confident bass playing, and vocal prowess is the foundation for this solid record featuring the single, “Shady Green’ that was released to radio in late spring.

Mountain Fever Records founder, Mark Hodges says, “This release showcases Edgars great writing as he penned all 15 tracks and in it the variety of what he is capable of is evident. Edgar is a master songwriter as well as a great singer and we won’t even talk about what nice guy he is!

Loudermilk is considered one of the finest young players and voices in bluegerass today. Influenced greatly by his father and grandfather, Edgar cut his teeth on bluegrass by learning to play bass to the legendary record, “Bluegrass Album Band Volume 1″ record.

With music and playing in his veins, it comes to reason that Loudermilk would also be an impressive songwriter having written all twelve songs on his first album titled Roads Travelled and all 15 songs on the upcoming July release. He first had the idea for this tune while coming back from Canada while traveling with the band Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. “We were in some really big mountains and I thought that the pioneers and early settlers had a chore just to make it through those mountains with mules, wagons, and their families. That thought led me to writing the song “Shady Green.” We are excited with the release of this new album in which we wrote all 15 tracks with only one co-write. I’m excited to bring out more of my music in hopes of it being received well. We have many featured guests on the album such as; Wayne Benson, Jeff Autry, John Cowan, Junior Sisk, Shawn Lane, Buddy Melton, Scott Vestal, and many more.”

Surrounded by music at an early age, he was only nine when he began playing bass in his family’s band, Loudermilk was also exposed to the great music of some of his famous relatives, The Louvin Brothers. He continued to play in his family’s band until joining Carolina Crossfire. The band had quite a following and it wasn’t long before he decided to try his hand at on a larger professional scale, a decision that has made him a staple for elite artists in bluegrass music.

Loudermilk previously toured with award winning bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent, followed by a gig as bass player and tenor singer in Marty Raybon’s (then newly formed group) Full Circle. He would back up Marty Raybon for almost five years. In 2006, Loudermilk took over the bass playing and singing duties and became the newest member of IIIrd Tyme Out, replacing longtime bass player Ray Deaton in July, 2007.  Edgar now tours with Dave Adkins as ADKINS & LOUDERMILK.

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Bluegrass Unlimited Review of Dave Adkins’ “Nothing to Lose”

dave-adkins-nothingtolose250wKentucky-based vocalist Dave Adkins spent several years working in country and rock bands. So finding such colorations in his delivery on this forceful album of country and traditional and contemporary-style bluegrass tunes is not surprising. We are the heirs of our past, and for Adkins his past has evolved into an intriguing, throaty mid-range vocal that is powerful and flexible, full of twists and slurring word bends.  Read the entire review at Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s website.

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Dave Adkins Debuts on Singing News Chart

2014-singingnewsgospelchartCongratulations to Dave as he debuts on the Singing News Gospel Chart with the song, “Don’t Pray That Way.”

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