In 1996, when the Adair family band, Bluegrass Edition, won the International Pizza Hut Showdown, an international talent search, Tina Adair, the lead singer, seemed well on her way to success.
She had been singing since she was 3 and recording since she was 8. And her vocals, which reminded audiences of Alison Krauss, were winning acclaim from critics and fans alike.
The following year, Sugar Hill Records released, “Just You Wait & See,” by the renamed Tina Adair & the Adairs.Audiences loved it.
But Adair decided to pursue a degree in music business at Belmont University in 2000, while completing her second album, “All You Need.”
Then, she fell off most fans’ radar.
Adair is back with The Tina Adair Band, which includes her husband, Tim Dishman, on guitar.
And their first album, “Born Bad,” is in stores now.
It’s dedicated to her brother and former bandmate, Keith Adair, who died in 2010.
The album’s closing song, “Don’t Grieve,” is a ballad about his death.
Tina Adair wrote seven of the 12 songs.
“How I Was Raised” finds her ready to fly to the bright lights of Nashville.
“Stuck Somewhere In The Middle” finds her unable to walk away from a love gone bad even though she knows she should.
“Heart I Had To Break” finds her taking the blame for a failed romance, even if it breaks her heart.
“What Was Never Meant To Be” is an uptempo song about another failed romance.
“Now Forever’s Gone” is about a man who’s cheated on her despite his promise of loving her forever.
“Born Bad” is about a person who has made a lot of mistakes but wants to change.
The album includes a duet with country singer Billy Dean on “Tomorrow & For Always,” a love song with a happy ending.
There are three gospel songs — “Farther Along” (which includes a piano and choir), “Go & Tell Jesus” and “Just A Little Talk With Jesus.”
And there’s an instrumental, “Snaker Dan,” to show off the band’s picking prowess.
“Born Bad” is a strong album. And it’s good to have Adair back.
Can’t find it in stores? Try Amazon.com.