Andrew Adkins seems prophetic with his latest single “Save The Day,” as we come into what could be some of this year’s darkest days. Stepping out as a solo artist is sometimes the most heroic move a songwriter can do–truly letting the ripcord go. As we hurl our way towards the election of the next leader of the free world, our hero has arrived (even though the song’s birth was in 2019).
Foreshadowing the self-produced folk-rock artist’s upcoming album The Echoist via Elephant Seed Records, Adkins shines as a multi-instrumentalist. Recorded in his East Nashville home studio with stripped-down production values, “Save the Day” comes alive as a throwback beauty, twisting with an analog rock vibe. Soaring guitar solos lead the charge, calling people to consider the current state of affairs, while digesting the horror of our culture at this moment in history.
I recently asked Adkins about his home studio, and he shared how he engineered musical magic on “Save The Day.” Sprinkling his personal collection of vintage mics around the room (some of which run through replica vintage preamps and compressors via Golden Age Projects), he felt he captured a sense of tension in the music. The sound evokes the foundation of 1960s rock and roll protest, echoing the likes of Buffalo Springfield. The song struts forward in soundscapes that would make Marcus King fans smile, oozing empathetic soul through the Nashville songwriter’s vocal delivery and lyrics.
The artist’s plaintive, gritty tone is the perfect foil to Abe Covveney’s music video. Striking images of racism, police brutality, and political chaos intertwine with images of protest and a march for change. Images of hope and light contrast against dark moments. This video is a story told by people on the ground, urging engaged participation in our democracy.
We’ve been given an anthem in “Save The Day” from Andrew Adkins, pushing the fight for change while wrapping us sonically in song. The song helps me feel more connected during these disjointed, turbulent times.