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Dave Adkins Band includes the award-winning talents of Dave Adkins (lead vocals, guitar), Mitchell Brown (bass, vocals), David Freeman (mandolin, fiddle, guitar), Joey Shann (banjo, reso guitar), and Daniel Collier (fiddle.) The band performs Dave Adkins’ award-winning originals and chart topping songs along with country and rock classics that have fans jumping to their feet. Adkin’s powerful and impressive lead vocals along with the top tier energy of the band results in a highly entertaining performance.
Dave Adkins Bio
There is no mistaking the raw and powerful vocals by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Adkins. His significant chart success, coupled with his stellar live performances, have made him one of most talked about male vocalist in acoustic music.
Adkins was born in Pikeville, Kentucky and makes his home in Elkhorn City. He began playing and singing when he was just eight years old and joined a band with fellow classmates performing at schools and other venues. At 17, he began playing bluegrass music at Dollywood where he stayed two years. A year later, Adkins was named a Kentucky Colonel – the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Commissions for Kentucky colonels are given by the governor and the secretary of state to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. He is also a proud Mason and Shriner.
After Dollywood, Adkins took a turn doing solo Country shows and later performed with a Rock band especially in the Chicago area. He also served as a Country Radio DJ as Brave Dave Adkins, the Original Midnight Cowboy at WBHR in Pikeville, Ky.
In 2010, he returned to the genre that was his first love, Bluegrass and formed the group, Dave Adkins & Republik Steele. Adkins’ soulful vocals earned him a 2013 SPBGMA nomination as Male Vocalist of the Year in the Contemporary category.
Adkins is also an accomplished songwriter, contributing three original songs to the band’s That’s Just The Way I Roll on the Rural Rhythm Records in 2013. The album made its debut #7 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart and was mentioned in a CMT feature article, titled “New Independent Music” along with the Steeldrivers and Wood and Wires. Adkins was asked to join the all-star artist line-up for the February 12, 2013 album, God Didn’t Choose Sides, Volume 1 – Civil War True Stories About Real People also featuring Marty Raybon, Lonesome River Band, Carrie Hassler, Russell Moore, Ronnie Bowman, Dale Ann Bradley, and more.
By February 2014, he moved to the Mountain Fever Records label who released Adkins first solo album, Nothing To Lose. He again contributed his songwriting talents penning three originals and co-writing another track on his most chart successful album to date. His original song, “Pike County Jail” was an instant chart hit and was the 7th most played song on the Bluegrass Today Top 30 Song of 2014. It also appeared on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Song Chart for 10 months reaching as high as #2, and was named in the publication’s Best of 2014. The title track, “Nothing to Lose” garnered the #1 spot on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks. Six of the twelve tracks received chart action with numerous #1s on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly and Monthly Song Chart and the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Songs Chart. Two tracks, “I Can’t Even Walk” and “Don’t Pray That Way,” appeared in the Top 5 on the gospel music charts. Nothing To Lose appeared on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Albums of 2014 and 2015.
Mountain Fever Records released a collaborative album with Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk in March 2015 titled Adkins & Loudermilk that help garner the duo a Nomination by the International Bluegrass Music Association for the 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year Award. The first single release, titled “Back Side of Losing,” was written by Dave Adkins and Mark “Brink” Brinkman and appeared on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 50 Songs of 2015. The album also appeared at #17 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 150 Albums of 2015.
In February 2016, Mountain Fever Records released the self-titled album by Dave Adkins that made its debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart and reached #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums in December 2016. The first two single releases from this album received tremendous success. His original tune, “Change Her Mind” hit #1 three times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart and was also #1 on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks in 2016. The song is still appearing on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Song Chart where it has remained for the past 10 months. Other chart success includes Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Song Chart and the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Singles chart.
Adkins’ second single release from the album was his impressive cover of John Michael Montgomery’s country hit “Sold” that reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20, reached as high as #2 on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, and is currently on the Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Song Chart and the Roots Music Report as of Dec. 2016.
The third single release from the Dave Adkins album is the lightning fast “Turn and Burn;” a song he co-wrote with David Morris and Dawn Kenney that won 2nd place in the prestigious Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest in 2016. “Turn and Burn” debuted at #7 on Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks for December 2016 and is appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 and the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Singles Chart.
Adkins refers to his loyal legion of fans as his friends. With a heart made of gold, he is truly sincere with his appreciation of their support for so many years.
In January 2018, Mountain Fever Records released the first single, “Blood Fued” co-written and performed by Dave Adkins and Larry Cordle. The song quickly hit the bluegrass charts reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20. In May 2018, the label released Adkins’ album Right Or Wrong that appeared regularly on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums in 2018. As with every Adkin’s album, it is full of chart hits including his incredible cover of the inspirational hit song “I Can Only Imagine,” and the bluegrass chart hits “Blue, Blue Rain,” “Roll Little River,” and “Cold in the Ground.”
Read “20 Things You Didn’t Know About Dave Adkins” at Bluegrass Today.
Mitchell Brown (Upright Bass, Harmony Vocals, Bandleader & Producer) is known for his long tenure with Grand Ole Opry member and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin as bass player, harmony vocals, bandleader and producer. When he’s not on the road with the Dave Adkins Band Mitchell is a session musician, harmony vocalist and producer. As producer he has many prestigious award nominations to his credit. During his musical career he has played for many of the Grand Ole Opry members on the road, on the Opry or in the recording studio. As a songwriter he has several album cuts by well-known artists. He’s toured with artists in several genres of music. His resume’ includes artists such as Joey and Rory, Jim Ed Brown, Vern Gosdin, Dr. Hook and many others. You can see a detailed list of the many notable artists he’s worked with, hear samples of his work as producer, bass player and harmony singer on his website: www.NashvilleBassPlayer.com Mitchell is very excited to be a member of the band and has been asked to co-producing Dave’s upcoming bluegrass album. According to Mitchell, “Dave has such a big heart, a dynamic soulful voice and a passion for music and gives his all every time he performs. He knows how to share his powerful gift and fans in turn feels the love. That attracted me to Dave’s music and I’m excited to be a part of something this special and exhilarating. I believe Dave’s potential for growth in this business has only just begun. People seem to know he’s genuine, the real deal and love him for it.”
David Freeman (Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals)
David Freeman (Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmony Vocals) was raised in South Point, Ohio and has been playing music with his father since he was twelve years old. He has shared the stage with such acts as IIIrd Tyme Out, Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Grascals, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and many others. He’s Worked with artists such as Billy Droze and Heidi and Ryan and many others. In November of 2017 David accepted the mandolin/fiddle position for the Dave Adkins Band. Outside of the band, he spends most of his time in Nashville with his friends and enjoys playing on recording sessions.
Joey Shann (Banjo and Reso Guitar)
Joey Shann was raised in Claremore, Oklahoma. He began playing piano at age 7 and then learned the banjo at 14. He traveled the country for two years playing banjo with The Baker Family from 2016 through 2018. Joey was named the 2018 Oklahoma State Banjo Champion.
Daniel Collier (Fiddle)
Daniel Collier (fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass) started playing music in his Dad’s church at the age of 7. He was born in Claremore, Oklahoma and began playing music with his family’s band. At 16, he joined Heartland Express bluegrass band.