Adam Doleac is new to the music scene but he’s sure to make splash with his soulful vocals. Doleac released his self-titled EP, in which he co-wrote all six tracks on the project, including the lead single, “Whiskey’s Fine.”
After moving to Nashville in 2010, the 29-year-old signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, penning songs for Kane Brown and Darius Rucker, including his current single “Don’t.”
The native Mississippian grew up playing all types of sports, including golf and baseball. He turned down a four-year golf scholarship in favor of a four-year baseball scholarship to Southern Miss that earned him three conference championship rings and a place at the 2009 College World Series.
It was during college that music caught the singer-songwriters ear. The son of a drummer, Adam grew up playing drums with influences like Amos Lee, Chris Stapleton, John Mayer, 3 Doors Down and Puddle of Mudd. But it was the storytelling that took him down the country music road.
“What drew me to country was the storytelling, that’s my favorite,” Adam told One Country. “Honestly I didn’t care about writing when I was initially moving [to Nashville]. I wanted to sing. I wanted to be on stage. I wanted to be a star, as most people do. Then I really dove into the writing, and I didn’t expect to fall in love with it, but I really did. Writing a great song, is equally as joyful to me as singing a great song now. I love that—combining the two. I write every day pretty much.”
Doleac has since been added to the the Sirius XM Highway Finds Tour that will see him criss-crossing the country with duo High Valley and Ashley McBryde.
“I’ve always loved music and what it can do,” Doleac said.
GROWING UP ADAM
“I grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I would say your typical childhood. I played everything— all the sports growing up. I had a great mom and dad, which I think is one of the best gifts you can give a kid in this world, and I was lucky to have that. I went to a private school and graduated with 43 people.”
“I played baseball in college. Along the way, my roommates in college, they played guitar. So that’s actually—I had never played a guitar until about six or seven years ago. I would just pick their’s up and noodle around on that, and that’s kind of how I sort of got started playing guitar. I’ve never had a lesson, still to this day.”
“‘Whiskey’s Fine’ is just what it sounds like—It’s someone coming over late at night, and you kind of give in to something that may not be a good idea at the time, but you’ll worry about it tomorrow, instead of tonight. Everybody has their devices when they get lonely, they’ll text somebody and say, ‘Hey, are you up?’ Or ‘Hey, you want to go grab something to eat?’ In my case, this was somebody that every time it happened, I knew what was happening, because it was, ‘You hungry?’ I knew what it meant, I knew where we were going, there was a certain place. It’s one of those songs that you can be a grown up and say, ‘No, this is not the right thing to do right now, I’m not gonna, we’ll talk tomorrow.’ Or you can say, ‘Life is short, let’s have fun tonight, we’ll worry about it tomorrow and not tonight.’ That’s what that song is, just kind of giving in to a good time and worrying about whatever comes of it, you’ll fix it tomorrow, and we won’t worry about it tonight.”
SOUNDS OF AN EP
“I would say I’m an emotional singer. I tell people, ‘I don’t even know how to sing it if I don’t mean it.’ That’s really true. I’m not classically trained or anything, I just try to make people feel something. The acoustics [on the EP] always remind me of the Goo Goo Dolls, some of the early Goo Goo Dolls stuff—which I loved. Lyrically, I get a lot of John Mayer references and things like that. Lindsay Rimes produced the record, which he really pulled it back. I have a habit of being the guy in the corner playing cool songs. He really pulled it, he’s got a very radio mindset, so we were able to meet in the middle, and he pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I pushed him out of his. I think that came through. It doesn’t sound like anything else that’s out there right now, which was important to me. I think it’s great, I think you can hear all the influences that are in my head, come through the EP.”
PICKING A FAVORITE
“They’re all my babies. I would say, it changes constantly. My favorite lyric, and the one that I’m always gonna love, is called ‘Everybody Needs Somebody.’ What that says is just so—it will never not be true. I think it can be relatable to almost anything. I got to write that with one of my favorite writers, Tom Douglas and Jon Nite. That one I would say lyrically is what, in my mind, is a great song.”
“We are planning on, either later this year or early next year, finishing up a record. We’ve already got most of the songs in place, so it should be coming soon. We’re gonna be on the Highway Finds Tour October to mid-December. We’ll be doing a lot—we’ll be on the road a lot. Other than that, we’ve got some one-off shows here and there, and then I’ll be [in Nashville] writing. Then hopefully, we will be able to take a little time off for Christmas, that’s my favorite holiday, so I’m looking forward to December.”
5 Things We Learned About Adam Doleac.
1. “I enjoy a loner breakfast every morning. I go to eat breakfast, I sit at a table and I order breakfast, I have coffee, and I eat. Not every morning, but a lot of mornings, two or three times a week. I sit there for a solid hour, just kind of take it all in, and have a coffee and eat and think, before I start the day.”
2. “I want a Jeep Wrangler as soon as I can buy one. I know it’s not practical at all, and I don’t need one. But I want a Jeep Wrangler 4 door with the top off, just for the summer time.”
3. “I love puzzles. Putting puzzles together.”
4. “I’m a hopeless romantic.”
5. “My favorite thing to do is just dig through junk. I love thrift stores. My whole entire house is full of things that are cheap, and just cool little gadgets I found here and there. I hate paying full price for anything.”