Country-rocker Adam Rutledge is soaring to new heights as he releases his EP, Runway, which stands out with its “distinctive hybrid of country and rock, with catchy guitar intros and lyrical depth” (Sports & Entertainment Nashville/Bob Paxman).
The Roanoke Va. native’s first-class songwriting, referred to as “storytelling that features clever turns of phrase” (Taste of Country/Sterling Whitaker), caught the attention of country music hitmaker Phil Vassar through a connection with longtime Vassar collaborator, Jeff Smith. This resulted in Vassar taking the fellow Virginian under his wing as a management client and opening act.
“When I heard Phil Vassar was managing newcomer Adam Rutledge, I immediately had high expectations and when I heard him, he exceeded them. His songs are slices of life everyone can relate to brought to life with his warm, evocative voice and searing guitar. As a fellow Virginia native, I’ve got to say this guy is going to make the home folks proud!” said Billboard and Sounds Like Nashville contributor Deborah Evans Price.
Runway was produced by Smith alongside Hunter Hayes’ band leader Andy Sheridan (CharlieHorse Productions). The seven-song collection features fan-favorite singles “July,” “Rub A Little Dirt On It” and “Love Kickin’ In.” Recently, the rising artist partnered with Taste of Country for an exclusive first listen to the fifth track on the EP, “Wherever The Night Takes Us,” as well as an exclusive premiere of the EP cover art.
Fans can look forward to the release of Rutledge’s music video for “Love Kickin’ In,” which will premiere next Wednesday through a national media platform. The video, produced by Abbey and Ben Boutwell, was filmed at Nashville’s Cornelia Fort Airpark. In a recent Celeb Secrets Country interview, Rutledge shared exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and stories from the shoot ranging from a reenactment of the iconic “Dirty Dancing” lift to a run-in with local law enforcement.
The emerging entertainer is currently on the road promoting his new project and entertaining audiences with his high-energy performances. Be sure to follow Rutledge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and visit his website adamrutledgemusic.com.
ADAM RUTLEDGE TOUR DATES:
July 6 – Salem Fair – Salem, Va.
July 7 – Salem Fair – Salem, Va.
July 14 – Vinton Farmers’ Market – Vinton, Va.
July 21 – Mango’s Bar and Grill – Moneta, Va.
Aug. 18 – Mango’s Bar and Grill – Moneta, Va.