INTERVIEW: Adam Rutledge

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

Hey Vent’s!!!! I am well! I’ve been taking advantage of this downtime and been busy in the studio.

2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Unwind?” 

I’ve been lucky because all this extra time I’ve had on my hands coincided with a burst of creativity. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to write 2 or 3…or even 1 song a day. I write songs in batches…I write when I’m inspired. So, my buddy Jeff Smith and I have been writing a lot during this Covid break. “Unwind” was the second song of this batch.

3. Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? 

My wife came home from work after a particularly challenging day, mostly due to some complications, stress, and craziness of Covid, and I could just see in her eyes that she needed a little extra TLC. I could see that she needed to unwind a bit. So being the AMAZING husband that I am (my wife is laughing at me as I write this haha) I took it upon myself to take her mind off all the stress of the day. That’s where the idea for “Unwind” came from.

4. Any plans to release any sort of video for the track? 

Yes, I plan to release a lyric video and performance video for sure.

5. How was the recording and writing process? 

I really enjoyed the writing and recording process. I’m an introvert, I think I’m a bit socially awkward and have some social anxiety, so to be able to write via text message with Jeff Smith and Julie Wood was really nice. Jeff and I recorded the same way. He in his home studio in Nashville and me at my home studio in VA.  We were never in the same place together. Jeff and I did everything for this song. Engineered, Mixed and Mastered it. With all of this extra time we’ve learned how to become totally self-contained as far as recording and production are concerned. 

6. What was it like to work with Julie Wood and Jeff Smith? How did those relationships develop? 

AMAZING! Those two are total badasses! I’ve technically known Jeff since I was a baby. He grew up with my mom in Amherst, VA and my dad played in a band with him back in the day. There’s a picture floating around somewhere of him holding me as a baby. Jeff and I started working together musically a little over 2 and 1/2 years ago. Jeff is the one who gave me my start in Nashville. I met Julie through Jeff. I recorded a couple of songs that they had written together on my last EP “Runway.”

7. Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own? 

Yes! Stating the obvious here, but it’s easier to get stuck and to settle on a lyric or a chord when I’m writing by myself. I’ll admit it did take some getting used to writing with other people. It’s hard to become comfortable with the possibility that an idea you have might not be a good one. No one wants to sound stupid. But, that’s part of cowriting. For me, I had to get comfortable with being a bit uncomfortable. But, it’s really nice to have a different “brain” and a different set of “ears” to help guide the song, and I’m totally comfortable with Jeff and Julie now….just took some getting used to.

8. Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? 

Yes! We’ve written enough material for a full length album, about 12-15 songs. I want to release ALL of them but my team thinks it may be a good idea to hold on to a few, so we’ll see……I’d say the album is about 98% finished. We’re just putting the finishing touches on the last song or two as we speak.

9. Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

YES! The new album will be released on Sept 18 and will coincide with a special “drive-in” style album release concert in Salem, VA… hometown.

10. Any plans to hit the road? 

As soon as it’s safe and things start opening back up, ABSOLUTELY!

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

I plan on promoting this new music for as long and as hard as I can. All the while I’ll be working on the next album. I’d like to do some sort of LIVE album in the near future. Most of my favorite bands have live albums so i think it would be cool to do one. Scratch that off my bucket list.


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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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