Adam Rutledge

CMT.COM Premiers Adam Rutledge’s “Love Kickin’ In” Music Video


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“Having my “Love Kickin’ In” music video premiered on is a huge career milestone for me. I can remember waking up on the weekends when I was in high school and walking downstairs to CMT blaring on my parents’ TV. I think people look to CMT to see who the next big artist is. I know I do, so I’m honored and humbled to have my music video on,” Rutledge expressed.

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Adam is known for putting on high-energy live shows, so it’s no surprise when he draws large crowds on the road. His edgy, powerful sound doesn’t blend into the honky-tonk vibe but gives a classic sound to new, original songs.

He has shared the stage with many national acts including Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, LoCash, Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope, David Nail, Rodney Atkins, Laura Alaina, Chris Janson, Tyler Farr, Chase Rice, Phil Vassar and more.

Most known for his single, “Rub A Little Dirt On It”, “July”, and “Love Kickin in”, Adam’s new sound is making waves on the radio and STREAMING networks. His video, “Body like a Bieber,” (a combo of “Body like a Backroad” [Sam Hunt] and “Love Yourself” [Justin Bieber]) got everyone talking with over 12K+ views on Facebook. He released his “July” video in October to rave reviews.

“One of my strengths is that I write my own songs. My songs are original, familiar, and make the listener feel something. I dare you not to be humming the chorus by the end of one of the song,” says Rutledge.

Adam is managed by Phil Vassar and Amy Millslagle of i81 entertainment. He has a strong social media following on all platforms with over 11.8K followers on Instagram, 16K likes on Facebook, 4,300 followers on Twitter and counting. His fans are loyal and go all in for his music.

A Roanoke, Virginia native with a passion for guitar-driven country music.

Phil Vassar With Opener Adam Rutledge (SOLD OUT)

Phil Vassar with Opener Adam Rutledge at City Winery

Phil Vassar is as driven today as he was when he first left his Lynchburg, Virginia home to pursue – and realize – his dream of making his mark in entertainment. A career that has seen the release of eight albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, countless hits as a singer and songwriter,  a mantle full of awards, and the launch of his own Rodeowave Entertainment label continues to expand and evolve.


Phil Vassar, one of Nashville’s top Tunesmiths

As a singer/songwriter, Phil has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child” and topped the charts with “In A Real Love” and the perennial favorite “Just Another Day in Paradise.” Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, his songs other artists have taken to #1 include “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw, “She’s Right On The Money” by Alan Jackson, and Jo Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.” New artist David Nail had a hit with Phil’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.

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Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can, and his latest single, “Love Is Alive,” is no exception. Written with frequent co-writer, the award-winning Tom Douglas (“The House That Built Me,” “Little Rock,” and “I Run To You”), the new release is the foundation for a much-anticipated new album that will hit stores on Rodeowave in mid-2013.

For Vassar, his philosophy about songs has never changed during his time spent writing hits for himself and other artists, it’s important for a song to carry a message and make the listener feel something.

“Songs should evoke something, whether it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or makes you cry and feel desperation…you know, whether you’re going through a marriage, or a divorce, or you’re in love or you hate somebody, or whatever it is… songs should evoke something,” says Vassar. “And if it’s just having a drink with your friends in the hot tub, that’s just as good as any song for me! I mean, I’ve had hits with every kind of song – ballads, mid-tempos, up-tempos and silly kinds of songs. You can’t save the whales with every song you write, that’s too heavy for me,” he adds, laughing. “I honestly don’t think I’ve written my best songs yet,” he added.

His critically-acclaimed holiday release Noel included five original and five classic songs and a slight dose of irreverence. Sandwiched between “Away in a Manger” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Santa’s Gone Hollywood” is an equal opportunity offender for everything good and pure about jolly ole St. Nick. He supported the album with a Christmas tour, which he plans to make an annual event.

The Virginia native, who received the 2012 VAB Distinguished Virginian Award by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters is definitely no stranger to a good time, and he makes sure with every performance that his fans feel exactly the same way. Years of playing clubs, and even owning his own nightspot at one point, helped Phil cultivate the easygoing, fun-loving manner he displays onstage and the infectious energy that infuses every single show he does.

Rodeowave Entertainment

“I’ve always prided myself on writing a lot of different types of songs, while some people may like to play it safe, I prefer diversity. So it’s about new energy and doing different things, getting away from the old ways and starting fresh, that’s what we’ve been able to do with Rodeowave.”

Excited at the limitless possibilities of the freedom of running his own label, he is also extending the knowledge and experience he has gained over the years to other artists. The full-service record label/promotions/management company not only handles details of his own career but has promoted music by The Lumineers, Neal McCoy, and new artists Miss Willie Brown, High Valley, Old Dominion and Sam Riddle.

The company is also the launch pad for television and film projects. A new movie called “Fat Biscuit” will begin shooting in the fall of 2013. His love of travel, food and meeting new people heavily influenced a tv project currently in production. No stranger to television, Phil was nominated for an Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Original Song” category for his composition “Live For Today,” which performed and produced for a recurring series on NBC’s Today Show.

Heart & Home

When not on the road performing for adoring fans or at home taking care of the business that surrounds Phil Vassar, he can be found picking up his two daughters from school and spending the afternoon just being “Dad.” His heart for children extends well beyond his immediate family, and 2013 marks the sixth year he has performed a benefit concert for The Miller Home for girls in his hometown. He has been a featured artist on Charlie Daniels’ annual Christmas 4 Kids concert, and he regularly lends his time, talent, and name to organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Second Harvest Food Bank, and more.

Phil Vassar is an artist who has endured his share of ups and downs in life and the “biz,” and one who is not only riding a diverse wave of success but sharing it with others. “I’m not going out there to try and change the world, but for me, this is my thing, this is my little world that I can control now, and I’m really excited about this journey, getting new music out to the fans and working on other avenues to entertain people. For me, that’s what it’s all about.”

Runway by Adam Rutledge

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Country-rocker Adam Rutledge is soaring to new heights today 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 FacebookInstagram, & Twitter.

Adam Rutledge’s sleek, raw and soulful voice brings authenticity to his songwriting and performances. He has knack for writing razor sharp stories that cut straight to the heart, full of detail and clever turns of phrase. That’s how he caught the attention of hit singer-songwriter Phil Vassar, which opened doors for Adam to become Vassar’s opening act throughout 2018. In June, Adam will release his new EP Runway, which includes his smash hit “Love Kickin’ In.” The Roanoke, Virginia native has also shared the stage with Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, LOCASH, Eli Young Band, Lauren Alaina, Chris Janson, Tyler Farr and many more. Visit for more information on Adam.

Breast Cancer Awareness – REAL MEN WEAR PINK



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Anyone donating $50 or more to Adam’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign will be automatically entered to win a signed CD and new fall merch! Once you’ve donated, share on Facebook for extra entries!

Summertime Groove by Adam Rutledge

I am beyond excited to share my latest single, “Summertime Groove,” with you! Tag me @iamadamrutledge in your videos jamming out to it on social media and let the good times roll! You can check out the single on all listening platforms and be on the lookout for the official music video coming soon to my youtube channel! – Adam

Country Rocker, Adam Rutledge is known for putting on high-energy live shows, so it’s no surprise when he draws large crowds on the road. He has shared the stage with artists such as Chris Janson, Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Kip Moore, Drake White, Russell Dickerson, Lauren Alaina, Chase Rice, Phil Vassar, Tyler Farr and many more.

The Roanoke Va. native’s first-class songwriting, referred to as “storytelling that features clever turns of phrase” (Taste of Country/Sterling Whitaker), and “distinctive hybrid of country and rock, with catchy guitar intros and lyrical depth” (Sports & Entertainment Nashville/Bob Paxman) caught the ear of fellow Virginia native Phil Vassar who has since taken him under his wing.

Adam’s most recent music video for his single “Love Kickin’ In” premiered on and reached the #1 spot for most viewed video.

Follow him @iamadamrutledge

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