DAVE ADKINS & REPUBLIK STEEL, “That’s Just The Way I Roll,” Rural Rhythm. 10 tracks.
If Dave Adkins’ vocals sound a little more soulful than the average bluegrass singer, maybe it’s because he spent a dozen years in rock and country bands.
But three years ago, the Elkhorn City, Ky., native returned to bluegrass, which he says was his first love. And now Adkins and his band, Republik Steel, have their first album on Rural Rhythm Records.
The band’s name comes from the fact that the fathers and grandfathers of three of the members worked in Republic Steel’s coal mines.
The title cut and first single is a hard-rocking bluegrass song about a man whose fast living is taking a toll on him, but he says he can sleep when he’s dead.
Good song, bad philosophy.
There are a couple of country and pop covers on the album — John Conlee’s 1978 “Rose Colored Glasses” and Dave Loggins’ 1974 “Please Come to Boston.”
Adkins wrote three of 10 tracks — “Heartstrings,” an uptempo love song; “Get ‘Em Up,” an uptempo gospel song; and “Rio,” an uptempo song about a man who fled to Brazil to escape the law, but he’s missing the woman he left behind.
There are two more gospel songs on the album — “Don’t They Know He’s Watching” and “The Storm.”
“Laura Mae,” a blazing song about a man who’s ready to get married and settle down, and “Chasin’ A Dream,” about a man who left home with his guitar when he was 17 and quickly became addicted to the grind, round out the album.
Good album. Good new band.
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