Still Got A Long Way To Go from Tina Adair

A big part of the reason why Sister Sadie was named Vocal Group of the Year for 2021 is the singing of their mandolinist, Tina Adair. Today Englehardt Music Group has a new single from Tina’s current self-titled album, one written by Ronnie Bowman and Ryan Fleener called Still Got A Long Way To Go.

Back in the mid-1990s, Tina was widely described as a future star in bluegrass music after her family band, The Adairs, won the Pizza Hut Bluegrass Showdown in ’96. That led to a record contract for 17 year old Tina, and a successful solo album was released a few months later. But after touring for a few years, she gave up the road life to finish her education, a promise she had made herself some time ago. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville, Adair took a job with the college, and is now Director of the Advising Center in the Curb College at Belmont.

Tina recorded another solo project in 2012, Born Bad, the same year she helped form Sister Sadie with four other talented bluegrass ladies, and the rest is history.

The new single is a moving ballad about overcoming loss which finds Tina supported by Cody Kilby and Pat McGrath on guitars, Scott Vestal on banjo, Casey Campbell on mandolin, Dennis Crouch on bass, Tim Crouch on fiddle, and Rob Ickes on reso-guitar. Ronnie and Garnet Bowman sing the harmonies.

Have a listen…

Still Got A Long Way To Go, and the full Tina Adair album from EMG, are available from popular download and streaming sites online. Audio CDs can be ordered directly from the label.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.