Mountain 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.