Q&A: Adam Doleac On How a Love Story Unfolds With ‘Whiskey’s Fine’ and ‘Another’
So many weddings have been rescheduled from 2020, and it’s no doubt that changes in plans have brought on new…
Adam Doleac; Photo by Matthew Berinato
So many weddings have been rescheduled from 2020, and it’s no doubt that changes in plans have brought on new surprises. But imagine getting a favorite country artist to pop in as the unexpected surprise on what is perhaps a couple’s biggest day. Rising country artist Adam Doleac did just that when he dropped in on one couple to perform his heartfelt song “Another” as part of their first dance.
The video, shared via TikTok, has made a big impression on folks, racking up thousands of views. And rightfully so, because the song itself is so sweet. “Another,” written by Adam Doleac, Trannie Anderson and Kyle Jacobs, is all about finding that special someone and not wanting or needing anything else. Doleac re-released a wedding version of “Another” after realizing how the original track quickly became a fan-favorite, landing into the Top 15 0n SiriusXM’s The Highway.
The accompanying video for “Another” recently made its debut and serves as a continuation to a love story that began with Doleac’s video for “Whiskey’s Fine.” The clip for “Whiskey’s Fine” shows a fictional married couple being forced into separation due to World War II. Doleac, who stars as the lead character in both videos, can be seen exiting his home while dressed in Army clothes at the very end. The second video, meanwhile, focuses on the couple reuniting with each other. Shots of the spouses in their older years are also interspersed in select parts of the video to show viewers that the two lovebirds were, indeed, able to grow old together.
“To me, a video is a new way for a fan to hear a song. I never want it to be exactly what you think it would be,” Doleac said in a press release of both clips. “When I decided to turn it from just one video to two videos, and include both ‘Another’ and ‘Whiskey’s Fine,’ that’s when I really got to let my imagination run. I think the videos tell the story of these two songs better than I ever could, and give them both a new life. I can’t wait for everyone to see them together.”
Doleac recently caught up with Country Now to chat about “Another” and “Whiskey’s Fine,” and how both songs have had an impact on listeners everywhere.
Read on to find out more in this exclusive Q&A with Adam Doleac below.
What is the inspiration behind your song “Another”?
Meeting the right person [is what] inspired ‘Another.’ I feel like I always have been hardwired to want another of whatever it is that I am experiencing – more more more, whether that be a drink, or a song, or a night, or a kiss. So the idea of meeting someone who made me feel like I don’t ever want another of anything unless it’s with you intrigued me. It says a lot about how special that someone is, and I think that is what people feel when they listen to this song, and a big reason it has turned into such a big first dance wedding song.
What does the song mean to you?
To me, this song means forever. It means I choose you out of everybody else in the world. It means that I have narrowed it down from seven billion people to one, and that’s you. Oh, and by the way, that’s never going to change. I know it.
Why did you decide to release a wedding version of this song?
Honestly, this happened because of my fans. I make music for them, and I get to make music because of them. After releasing the song, I could see pretty immediately that fans were relating to this song in a very romantic way. I kept seeing it on social media and in wedding videos and first dances, and I knew then we had to make a wedding version of this song. I’d say that I still get 20 messages a week from couples asking what it would take for me to show up, sing “Another” for their first dance, and surprise their person. I have been able to do that a few times over the past year. It has been such a special experience. It’s always an honor when someone asks me to be a part of the most important day of their life.
What was it like to record the wedding version of “Another”?
Recording the wedding version of ‘Another’ was so fun! I love stripping anything back to its bare bones. My producer, Andy Skib, and I got it down to a piano and a vocal. I also re-sang the vocal, which is not something I always do for an alternate version of a song, but I felt like this one needed a more tender vocal than the original track had. Once we got that, we did something I have always wanted to do. We added a five-piece string section to the song, and from the first notes I heard them play, I knew it was going to be special. In my opinion, that is what took that wedding version of ‘Another’ to the next level.
You surprised a married couple at their wedding with this song. Can you tell us the story behind that?
I get requests to do things like this pretty often. However, normally, we are playing 100+ shows a year, and I always have to respond by saying something like, ‘I wish I could be there to do this for you, but we are busy on the road.’ With Covid-19 happening this past year, while it had so many negatives, one silver lining was that my schedule was suddenly wide open. After releasing ‘Another,’ I got more requests and messages from fans asking me to do a surprise performance at their wedding than I’ve ever gotten for a song before. So one day, I just said, ‘Let’s go do a few of these.’ It starts as simple as a message in my inbox on Instagram. I have not been able to do all of them, but it has been a blessing to do them and get to be a part of those experiences over the past year. I’m looking forward to doing more. I’m not going to lie, after seeing some of the reactions when they realize what is happening, there have been a few times that I almost cried!
What is it like for you to have your song be a part of a couple’s life story in such a big way?
It is one of the greatest honors you can receive as a singer/songwriter, I think. Buying a ticket to a show is one thing, but asking somebody you don’t even know to be a part of the most important day of your life is another. It means when they heard that song, it made them feel something strong enough to make it the soundtrack to such a special day. That’s why I do what I do, and I am so lucky to get to do it.
How about “Whiskey’s Fine”? What’s the inspiration behind that song?
‘Whiskey’s Fine’ is a play on the expression: “Come on in, the water’s fine.” The song speaks for itself lyrically. It’s 2:00 a.m. and two drinks in, and we all know what happens when those are the conditions, right? But, stylistically is where I fell in love with it. I like to tell people my “Mississippi” comes out in that vocal. It just had the right amount of country, blues, and soul in it. It is, and will probably always be, one of my favorite songs to see coming up next on the setlist. It’s the first song I put out as an artist, and it was my introduction to Nashville. Who knows what would have happened if it would not have been a success, but it was, and it’s a big reason I have been fortunate enough to get to where I am today. P.S. It has also provided me with free whiskey!
Any other projects you’re currently working on that you can share with us?
Yes! I am going to have the theme song for ESPN and the College World Series this year! It’s called ‘Key To The City,’ and I couldn’t be more excited about it. As a former baseball player and someone who got to play in the College World Series myself, it is such a full-circle moment for me.
What benchmarks have you set for your career this year?
A number one at country radio is certainly something I am shooting for and a full-length record. I think there are several sides to me musically that I haven’t been able to show just yet as a new artist, and I’m excited to do that with a full-length album.
What has been the biggest highlight of your musical journey so far?
That is such a difficult question that I don’t think I can pick one thing. From getting a publishing deal to getting a cut as a songwriter, to releasing music myself as an artist, to having a song go Gold to walking on a stage in front of thousands of people, to signing a record deal, to hearing myself on the radio, to playing the Grand Ole Opry, I mean, I could go on for days because those experiences are all so cool! The journey is the coolest thing about what I get to do! [I am grateful for] the people I get to work with and the artists I get to create with, and the fans I get to meet and make along the way. I have been in Nashville for almost nine years now, and I like to describe it as several “no’s” with little “yes’s” attached. It’s much harder than it is easy, and it’s more no than it is yes, but I get to do something I love to do, and it’s the best job in the world.
Are you optimistic about touring in 2021?
I am. At this point, we have already been able to play a couple of shows, and it has been ELECTRIC! People are itching to get back out there, both artists and fans. It will probably take until the fall to get there, but I think it will come back and be better than ever.
Should fans expect a full-length album from you this year?
I would say yes. If not this year, then early 2022 for sure.
What should fans look for from you next?
New music on the way very soon, and maybe some more uptempo stuff for this summer. Maybe even collaboration on one of them. We shall see.
Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Country Now, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.