James Adkins is a talented artist in the world of folk, blues, and Americana, and what we love about him is that he stays true to himself. After touring with Big Virginia Sky, being part of Katie Rogers’ band who opened for The Band Perry, and opening for Taylor Hicks, James is still the same genuine and down-to-earth person that he has always been. After completing some major accomplishments, James is now releasing his new album, Brokedown Free Man Blues.
Photo caption via jamesadkinsmusic on Instagram – “Charlie helping me write.”
According to James, “This album is a collection of songs that I wrote over a transitory period in my life. A couple of the songs came from where I grew up and started my professional musical career in Pensacola, Florida. Another couple songs came from the Tidewater area of Virginia where I worked with some of my best musical friends and cultivated my songwriting style.”
With most of the songs written from his home in Northwest Ohio and on the road, the album was originally born from his relationship with two great songwriters and producers (Anna Edström and Jonas Ruldolf) that he met at a songwriting event in Nashville, from Malmö, Sweden.
Listening to his latest song off of Brokedown Free Man Blues, “Don’t Say Goodbye,” you can instantly tell it’s a love song. With lyrics like, “Hold me close when the darkness is all around / Waters rising and the sky is falling down / Boldy speak or tell me lies / But please, please, don’t say goodbye tonight,” and “Just take me in your arms the way you do / There’s a fire in this rambler heart, and tonight it burns for you / Don’t put out the flames,” it seems that James has fallen for someone who he doesn’t want to go away no matter what goes wrong. And that’s completely relatable! Because nobody wants someone they care about to leave. Sometimes we even ignore the flaws of the person so we can only find good reasons for them to stay.
You can listen to “Don’t Say Goodbye” on SoundCloud right HERE.