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 is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, songwriter and upright bass player. He has spent much of his career as a wire service political reporter, including nearly 14 years with The Associated Press and a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and has recently retired as senior editor for Kiplinger Washington Editors.