Andrew Adkins (from the album Who I Am available on Mountain Soul Records)
Urbanizing cowboys was never a consideration when Country music began its journey in stores that mirrored the lives of folks living outside big city limitations. Those are the tales that Andrew Adkins gathers on his recent solo release, Who I Am. The former frontman for West Virginia’s The Wild Rumpus turns those stories into song as he wears the skin of his characters when calendar pages fall like the self-worth of the guy in the title track. A shuffle greets the beat if not the day when the weekend meets a dead end in “Every Monday Morning” while Andrew Adkins comes of age behind the wheel of a memory in “Burning the Tires Off”, sits in the rumble seat with the rhythms of “Henry Ford Blues”, and makes a wish on a passing dark cloud for “Praying for Rain”.
His days with The Wild Rumpus were spent with the band developing, and defining, their brand of Stompgrass. The sound shifts and reforms with touches of Folk, Mountain rhythms, Soul, and Old Time Music on Who I Am, the fourth solo release from Andrew Adkins. “Worries Behind” seeks its salvation on a mountain spiritual while Who I Am relives lessons learned in the beat of a “Fragile Heart” and looks for a small-town exit to find a highway home in “Southbound”.
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