We recently wrote about Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk getting together. the new duo are planning on a new album release in the summer of next year. Both artists are working their respective individual solo releases and look forward to working together on their next adventure. Of course for their next musical journey, they will need to put a band together. That is just what they are doing. Adkins & Loudermilk have announced the addition of Andrew Crawford and Glen Crain to their band.
Fans are blown away by the powerful and impressive vocals by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Adkins. He lives in Elkhorn City, Kentucky and began playing and singing when he was just eight years old. Dave spent two years playing Bluegrass at Dollywood when he was seventeen. His musical background includes both country and rock and spans over twelve years. In 2010 he returned to the genre that was his first love, Bluegrass. Dave received a 2013 SPBGMA nomination as Male Vocalist of the Year in the Contemporary category.
In November 2013, Mountain Fever Records released the first single (Pike County Jail) from Dave’s upcoming solo album scheduled for release in 2014. Dave not only wrote this tune, but will contribute other originals to this highly anticipated new project.
Edgar Loudermilkhas music running through his blood. A relative of the famous Louvin Brothers, Edgar started playing guitar and mandolin in his family’s band at the age of 9. It did not take long before he was getting offers from several folks to work for them. Edgar has played in bands such as Carolina Crossfire, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, and most recently with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. He and his wife, Sonya, had their first child November 30, 2006. They reside in Eastanollee, GA.
Twenty-eight year old Andrew Crawford was born and raised in upstate South Carolina and lives in close proximity to Edgar Loudermilk. Andrew previously toured with Randy Kohrs and can be heard on Kohrs’ albums “Old Photograph” and “Quicksand” playing rhythm and lead guitar. He was also part of the band’s performance on the Rachael Ray Show and the music video for “Who’s Going With Me” which made it to number #1 on the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown.
Andrew and Edgar have known each other for a long time, but became good friends through Scott Haas who played banjo in Kohrs’ band and also played on Edgar Loudermilk’s first and second album. In 2009, Andrew left the Kohr’s band to focus more on his teaching and recording business. He currently teaches around 50 guitar, mandolin, and bass lessons a week. He has recently been playing electric and acoustic guitar performing and opening for artists such as .38 special, John Mayer, Eddy Money, and more.
Glen Crain has been around music all his life. He started playing drums as a small child, and as a teenager learned to play bass. At the age of 25, he started learning DOBRO and lap steel. Glen has performed with numerous bands over the years and enjoys all types of music. But, his passion is bluegrass. He spent ten years with a Greenville, SC based bluegrass band called The New Dixie Storm. “Playing with Adkins and Loudermilk is like getting together with old friends and playing music. These guys are fun. I’ve always loved family harmony, and they sing together like family, a refreshing new/old sound,” says Glen. When Glen is not playing music, he enjoys his family and friends, and his home in Clearmont, Westminster, SC. Glen and his wife Lynn enjoy traveling on their Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic and seeing the South.
Loudermilk's solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews in October 2013. Guests included Wayne Benson, Jeff Autry, John Cowan, Junior Sisk, Shawn Lane, Buddy Melton, Scott Vestal, and many more.
Adkins is just wrapping up recording his upcoming solo effort, Nothin' To Lose, that will release in early 2014 with Loudermilk as co-producer. The first single from the album, Pike County Jail just dropped to radio this week.
"Me and Dave are both writers and best friends and decided to come together and join forces and go after music things as a collaboration," Loudermilk says. "In playing together, we've discovered a chemistry in the sound and the harmony structures that has us feeling like we have something magical and something we can now put in front of everybody," he adds.
It's all coming together and with these talented artists, it should be an exciting new group to our bluegrass music family.