End of the Line for Republik Steele

Dave Adkins & Republik SteeleRepublik Steele, a hard-driving band from eastern Kentucky, is calling it quits.

Founding member Kenny O’Quinn said his last show with the band is Friday in Grayson, KY. Vocalist Dave Adkins confirmed that he, too, is leaving the band, which developed a loyal following during about two years together.

“We just decided to go in different directions,” Adkins said. “It’s been a great run and a lot of fun. It was just time for everybody to try something different.”

O’Quinn offered a similar sentiment. “It’s just time for me to go in another direction. I don’t know what that is as of now.”

Republik Steele released one well received project for Rural Rhythm, That’s Just the Way I Roll, last February. A new record, for Mountain Fever, will be issued as a solo project for Adkins. The first single, written by Adkins, is set to debut later this month.

No word yet about what Adkins will do next. He’s been writing a lot, by himself and with others, including Edgar Loudermilk, who is leaving Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out at the end of the playing season. Adkins is too good a singer to sit on the sidelines, and with a solo record due soon, it probably won’t be long before he’s touring again to support it.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about any plans for Adkins, O’Quinn and the other Republik Steele pickers.

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David Morris

David Morris, an award-winning songwriter and journalist, has written for Bluegrass Today since its inception. He joined its predecessor, The Bluegrass Blog, in 2010. His 40-year career in journalism included more than 13 years with The Associated Press, a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and several top editing jobs in Washington, D.C. He is a life member of IBMA and the DC Bluegrass Union. He and co-writers won the bluegrass category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in 2015.