INTERVIEW: Adam Rutledge

Hi Adam, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I have been GREAT! In fact, so good I can’t stand it.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love Kickin’ In”?

I just love that song and am so happy with how it turned out. One of the things I love about it is that it’s just plain fun. It’s not heavy. We’re not trying to save the whales with this one. It’s about how good love feels, and how good it feels to fall in love. Nothing complicated about it…just good clean fun!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not this particular song. There are other songs on my record that have come from things I’ve seen or done like “July,” “Rub A Little Dirt On It,” “Curls,” which have all come from real life!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We filmed the band scene at Cornelian Fort Airpark here in Nashville and just had blast with the beautiful weather, great location and good times. We even had the cops stop by and check in on us, just to make sure we were keeping things on the up and up. They were super cool, and I appreciate them doing their job! When the officer left, he said that he liked the song, so I was happy about that! We filmed our version of the lift from “Dirty Dancing” at a park in East Nashville. I’ve always wanted to put that in a music video, so it was really cool to check that off my bucket list.

The single comes off your new album Runway – what’s the story behind the title?

It ties into the first line in the chorus of “Love Kickin’ In:” “It feels like a jet plane on a runway, about to fly.” I also felt like this record was going to be the “taking off” point in my career, so “Runway” just felt like the right title!

How was the recording and writing process?

AMAZING! I had had written some of these songs a few years ago, and a few that I didn’t write were sent to me before we recorded. If I remember correctly, “Hard To Be Happy For You” was sent to me about 10 days before we recorded, so that one was pretty last second. I love the recording process. I could spend all day in the studio. I just really love it. Getting to watch my producers, Andy Sheridan and Jeff Smith, work was a thing of beauty.  I was in the BEST hands!

What’s been like to work with Phil Vassar and how has he influenced you as an artist?

Working with him has been incredible. Sometimes when his name comes up on my caller ID, I have to pinch myself like ‘Is this real life?,’ but he’s just been so helpful and supportive as well as a really great mentor. Not only does he direct me as to what to do, but he also protects me from the pitfalls that a lot of artists fall into.

With Country gaining so much popularity these days – how has that work in your advantage and kind of against you?

It’s definitely an advantage for me. These days county music is a blend of so many different genres. It’s given someone like me a home. I’m a little more edgy/rock ‘n’ roll, so I’m not sure that 15-20 years ago I’d have had a place in country music. I’m really thankful for

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

I love writing by myself, but there are only so many times that I can go to that well. It’s really nice to be able to write with people in Nashville and get some different points of view and ideas. Writers in Nashville are incredibly talented and creative. Plus, its’ a great way to meet people.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Everywhere really. Sometimes it’s completely fictional – just an idea that pops into my head. Sometimes I’ll get ideas from watching movies and TV shows and sometimes it’s from things I’ve experienced. There are song ideas EVERYWHERE. You just have to keep your eyes and ears open.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely! We’re gonna hit the road hard this winter. Come see me when I play your town!

What else is happening next in Adam Rutledge’s world?

I’m writing a lot right now, working on new material for the next record, playing as many shows as I can and promoting Runway.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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