Adkins onstage at 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN in 2013
|Birth name||Andrew Ray Adkins|
|Born||Defiance, Ohio, U.S.|
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Genres||Alternative-Folk, Rock, Alt-Country, Roots, Folk Music, Indie-Rock, Americana|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Songwriter, Producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Piano, Synths|
|Associated acts||Mellow Down Easy, Daryl Wayne Dasher|
Andrew Adkins is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and guitarist.
Early career[edit | edit source]
Adkins moved to Nashville after High School and co-founded the roots-rock band Mellow Down Easy. In 2006 a 'Best of' edition of the publication The Nashville Scene, readers voted Adkins "Number 3 Best Songwriter" (right behind Marcus Hummon and Will Hoge). In 2009 Mellow Down Easy signed with Dualtone Records and released the album Cosmisutra. After touring the United States in support of the album the band members decided to part ways. The band has shared the stage with several artists who would go on to mainstream success and various forms of notoriety such as Cage the Elephant, Little Big Town, Sunday Valley (featuring Sturgill Simpson) and Grand Ole Party, Cheers Elephant, Dexter Romweber, Billy Joe Shaver, and Wayne "The Train" Hancock. Adkins then formed the funk-influenced, indie-rock group Lions for Real (named after the Allen Ginsberg poem). Shortly thereafter the band's music caught the ear of Werewolf Heart Records out of Hollywood, CA. The label was started by actor Ryan Gosling and producer Timmy "The Terror" Anderson (who co-found the band Ima Robot with Alexander Ebert, who would later go on to form Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) to distribute the music of Gosling's band Dead Man's Bones and other various musical projects. Three months after the formation of Lions for Real, the band was flown to Los Angeles by Warner Bros. Records in an effort to partner with Werewolf Heart to launch and distribute the band. Within the next several months tensions grew between Werewolf Heart and members of the group which lead Adkins to quit the band. Andrew claims that the whole experience nearly made him want to give up making music for good.
Colored Parade Sessions, "Fire & Brimstone" and Glass Castles[edit | edit source]
In 2013, Adkins released his Colored Parade project. One of the songs "I'm Indestructible" would end up in the official movie trailer for the 2014 Lionsgate film Cymbeline  (starring Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Milla Jovovich among others). The song would also appear in the DirectTV series KINGDOM  starring Nick Jonas, Frank Grillo and Matt Lauria. In late 2015 Andrew wrote and recorded "Fire & Brimstone" which landed on the trailer for the Colin Hanks film All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records. The entertainment websites Stereogum and Entertainment Weekly debuted the trailer in the Fall of 2015.
To Become Immortal Then Die[edit | edit source]
December 8, 2017 Adkins released To Become Immortal Then Die on ONErpm Music. The compilation album features 7 tracks from his Colored Parade Sessions plus 3 new songs. The title is a reference from French filmmaker Jean Luc Godard's
Breathless (1960 film).
References[edit | edit source]
- "Best of Nashville 2006 Readers' Poll | Best of Nashville". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
- "Watch The Trailer For Colin Hanks' Tower Records Documentary". Stereogum. 2015-08-27. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
- Leah Greenblatt (2015-10-16). "Colin Hanks taks Tower Records documentary in new interview". Ew.com. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
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