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1 – Not Just A Redneck // Adam Sanders, Artist & Songwriter

In this episode, SMI interviews country artist and songwriter Adam Sanders live and on-location at Big Yellow Dog Music, his publishing home. With two recent #1’s as a songwriter, a budding artist career, and a passion for studying the industry, you’ll find immediately that he’s NOT JUST A REDNECK.


Adam Sanders

Help us settle the debate between Brandon, Jason, and Adam:

As discussed in the episode, check out the nine player stereotypes found on tour:

9 Player Stereotypes

Hear Adam’s Latest Single, “Thunder”:

On Performance Rights Organizations:

On the episode, Adam and the guys talked quite a bit about performance rights organizations, or PROs. A PRO is an agency that ensures songwriters and publishers are paid for the use of their music by collecting royalties on behalf of the rights owner. PROs collect public performance royalties. When a song is played in public, like on any kind of radio (AM/FM, streaming, or satellite), in a venue, or TV shows and commercials, it is required that they pay for the use. The PRO collects those payments, and distributes them to the rights holders. Credit for this explanation and more information on this concept can be found on Bandzoogle.

You can also check out Adam’s PRO, ASCAP:


Don’t call Adam Sanders “Adam Sandler”:

Visit the original Tin Roof, where Adam met his famous artist and songwriter crew, played some of his first shows, and whipped a dude who called him “Adam Sandler”:

More on the self-proclaimed “Garth Brooks of Lake City, Florida”:

Adam Sanders grew up in the north Florida town of Lake City, where he spent much of his youth with music; playing local fairs, talent shows and town festivals. While spending summers with his dad in Nashville, Adam found himself in and out of studios on Music Row with his uncle and professional session musician, Scotty Sanders. It was then that Adam fell in love with the recording process, and the creative side of the music business. He knew this was where he was meant to be. With a plan of moving to Music City following high school graduation, Adam would spend as much time as possible, teaching himself to write songs about the things in life he knew about.

In 2007, Adam made the move to Nashville. While working construction on the side to pay the bills, Adam’s songwriting opened to co-writing, and building core relationships in the business. After just two years, Adam landed his first publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music and has had songs recorded by super stars such as Luke Bryan, whose album Crash My Party (featuring Sanders’ “Out Like That”) had the third highest debut of any record in 2013. Since then, more of Adam’s original songs have landed on projects by artists including (friend and fellow collaborator), Cole Swindell (“Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” & “Dozen Roses and A Six Pack”), Dierks Bentley (“Sounds of Summer”), Dustin Lynch (“Hell of a Night”) and Scotty McCreery. He scored his first #1 single as a songwriter in March, 2015, when “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” hit the top of the chart and had a second #1 with “Hell of a Night” in the summer of ’15.

Adam is signed with world-wide talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, and has been burning up the road, sharing stages with the likes of Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Josh Thompson, Easton Corbin, The Cadillac Three, Gary Allan, Eric Paslay and more.

Adam’s debut single, “Nothin’ To Do But Drink,” was released in 2014 and was a Highway Finds track on SiriusXM. In early 2015, Spotify chose Adam as of Country’s “One’s To Watch.” His second single “Somewhere That You Don’t Go” was produced by Mickey Jack Cones (Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Trace Adkins), released in May of 2015 and was another Highway Finds hit.

In the winter of 2015, Adam wrapped up an extensive tour with Cole Swindell. His current single “Thunder” was produced by Zach Crowell (Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood) and has been streamed over 7.5 million times. Adam is continuing to tour and work on new music in 2016.

Adam’s #1 as a Songwriter for Cole Swindell, “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”:

Adam’s #1 as a Songwriter for Dustin Lynch, “Hell of a Night”:


Brandon Harrington // SMI Co-Host, A&R, Music Director, Video Editing
Jason Kurkimilis // SMI Co-Host, Lead Audio Production & Engineering
Christian Barker // Executive Producer

Special thanks goes out our episode sponsor, Fat Bottom Brewing, and to the wonderful Big Yellow Dog Music for graciously hosting our interview with Adam Sanders.

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