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The Single “Second Hand Heart” – The Story Behind The Song (new Album “Dirt Roads And Fence Lines)

Doug Adkins, traditional Country Music singer and Songwriter is writing his own lyrics.

Next month his Single “Second Hand Heart” of the new Album “Dirt Roads And Fence Lines” will be released.

For this CD, “Dirt Roads And Fence Lines” Doug Akdins wrote all 12 songs in about 2 1/2 weeks, so he had paper everywhere to the point that you wouldn`t know which piece of paper went with which song! But finally it got all sorted out.

For the first single, Second Hand Hearts, Doug Adkins didn’t want to reuse the same old story where guy meets girl in a bar, he convinces her he is the one even though she is hurting and they go off in la la land together. Doug Adkins wanted to give the guy a little more depth! So this particular guy in a bar is a little more attentive, and he actually notices that after their eyes meet, she turns away, and he can tell, that she’s still hurting. But he asks her to dance anyway, she accepts and while they are dancing she states she’s not sure she can ever love again, and the cowboy says, “I don’t need you to fall, I’m just happy here dancin’.”

Doug Adkins:

“I was really happy with that line when it came out because it helps build that depth I was referring to that most of we country boys are accused of not having much of! But also, I felt that would be something a woman who was hurting would like to hear because she certainly doesn’t need any pressure is she’s still hurting. And that’s the line that sets up the chorus and allows our cowboy to say; but, however, if you ever choose to love again, I’d be there if you called, I’d take your second hand heart and just maybe together, we can mend all the broken pieces. Second Hand Heart, Hope you love it , hope it says something to you, as it does to me!”

Today we want to share the lyrics of the new Single that Comes out on February 1st, 2018 – SAVE THE DATE!!!


“Second Hand Heart”… Written by Doug Adkins

Standin’ by the bar, I saw our eyes meet
You quickly turned away (an I knew right then), that you were still hurtin’
I asked you to dance, felt so good together
Movin’ like one, but you’re tellin’ me
That you could never
Let me into your heart, cause you’re still tryin’ to heal
You think you could never love again, that’s the way that you’re feelin’
But I don’t need you to fall, I’m just happy here dancing
But make no mistake, I’d surely be there, if ever you call
I’d take you’re second hand heart, the one that tore your world apart
You say it’s lying in pieces that can never be found
And maybe someday, somewhere, somehow, you choose to love again
And we can mend the broken parts of your second hand heart
Well I’ve been in your shoes
In love it seems we get all used
And there’s nothin’ like knowing that you’ve been the fool
but I swear on my soul, all the stars in the sky
I’ll never break your heart, I ain’t one of those guys
But I’ll take you’re second hand heart, the one that tore your world apart
You say it’s lying in pieces that can never be found
And maybe someday, somewhere, somehow, you’ll choose to love again
And we can mend the broken parts of your second hand heart
Maybe someday, somewhere, somehow, you’ll choose to love again
And we can mend the broken parts of your second hand heart
Together we’ll mend the broken parts of your second hand heart


You can pre order the new Album “Dirt Roads And Fence Lines” at http://www.dougadkins.com and you will receive it 2-4 weeks before the public!

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DOUG ADKINS is recording his NEW Album “Dirt Roads and Fence lines”

After a year full of shows with packed houses, Montana Country singer-songwriter Doug Adkins, is getting ready for 2018, leading to more great events in Europe with a year-long lineup of shows and releases his new album “Dirt Roads And Fence Lines” on April 30th, 2018.

For more information check out the website of the traditional country music singer-songwriter Doug Adkins. Take the chance and preorder the upcoming album now.


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Right now Doug Adkins is spending time in the studio with great musicians like Brent Mason (Electric Guitar, Acoustic, Banjo), Lonnie Wilson (Drums), Scotty Sanders (Steel Guitar, Lap Steel) and Jimmy Carter (Bass).




The album “Dirt Roads And Fence Lines” comes with 12 amazing, unforgettable songs – traditional country music where you will tap your foot or dance all the way through. You will receive a powerful, strong country music album. Get your own “Dirt Roads And Fence Lines” CD now and enjoy Doug Adkins 9th album.

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After finishing the year last week in Denmark, Doug Adkins – traditional country singer-songwriter – will hit the country music road again beginning January 6th, 2018. He is heading down the road to Belgium and will also play near to your city. Check out his tour-schedule at www.dougadkins.com/tour. Doug Adkins is performing traditional country music hits that have gained him a lot of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. On his website you can find personal information, Doug`s tour schedule, music and more. 

At the moment Doug is back in Nashville spending time in the studio for his new album “Dirt Roads and Fence Lines”. You can preorder the CD here

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Here a few impressions from the studio.. the album “Dirt Roads and Fence Lines” will be released in April 2018.

Have great weekend!

Bismarck – The Story Behind The Song

Hi, this song is titled “Bismarck,” and is from the CD “Waltz Across Montana,” which was produced by Brent Mason and mixed by Lonnie Wilson.

The Story Behind The Song

I was on my way back to Bismarck North Dakota to spend a couple weeks with my parents before flying down to Nashville to record a new CD.  Brent Mason was going to produce the CD and we had decided to do the project very traditional, using only lead guitar, steel, drums and bass. I had 17 songs written, from which we would eventually choose 12.  The songs were pretty good, but I felt I was missing a Waltz, which in my opinion should be mandatory on a country CD!  I had a good melody in my head and thought I felt the mood of the song coming along nicely.  I also knew I wanted to write about a songwriter living a life on the road, performing night after night, writing songs.  I wanted to write about the loneliness, life in hotels, writers block, all of it!

A few years earlier while driving through Colorado I was listening to an interview with Willie Nelson, where he said he had written a few songs with the same melody lines.  When the interviewer asked if that bothered him to repeat melodies, he simply said, “The words make the song, it’s the words that tell the story.”  With that in mind, I thought to write a straight country waltz in the style of Willie Nelson.

So there I was on an air plane flying in to Bismark, North Dakota to visit my parents in the middle of one of the worst winters of the last 20 years.  I had this idea for a waltz running around in my brain but I was struggling with the words, I had writer’s block.  And if that wasn’t enough,  I was on an air plane from Minneapolis to Bismarck! If you’ve never had the pleasure of flying on a plane with 14 total seats, two rows of seven, I wholeheartedly recommend it!  In a plane that size you feel every bump, every slight change in the direction of the wind.  If someone leans to far to one side you feel the plane move a little!

As the lyrics weren’t coming to me during the entire 55 minutes of the flight, I eventually put my pen away and decided maybe the waltz wouldn’t be written before the time came to record the new CD.  As a writer, that’s a frustrating situation to be in.  You hear the melody in your head, you have a concept for the song, but the words just refuse to come.  It’s like you are blocked somehow from finding the right words, but you feel they are right there on the tip of your tongue, or in this case your pen (hence why it’s called writer’s block)! Then as we were preparing to land, from the back of the plane and in just the nick of time, I overheard one man say to his friend, ”I heard it’s colder than hell in Bismarck.”  I thought to myself, “wow, not bad.”  About a second later, his friend replied, “Sure hope the wife doesn’t forget to pick me, I’d hate to have to walk!” These two lines after a little work become the first two lines of the song!

As they were sitting directly in the seats behind me, I felt obligated to turn around and thank them for the words.  They looked at me a little strange, but laughed it off jokingly and said “no problem.”

The only other footnote to this song is that there is a wonderful little Diner in Bismarck North Dakota called The Little Cottage Cafe.  This place serves the best “Hot Beef” in the whole area.  Hot beef is a dish where there’s piled high sliced roast beef on bread, served with mashed potatoes and gravy over the whole thing! As my father and I drove home from the air port that night, we passed by The Little Cottage Cafe.  This place, I decided, would be the restaurant where the woman worked.  Which woman you ask?  The waitress, who just happened to be on her way home from work from The Little Cottage Cafe that night our songwriter arrived on the plane.  She’s the one who pulled up along side the songwriter in her pick up truck as he was walking to his hotel, and said, “get in here, or you’ll freeze to death!”   Why was he walking? The person who was supposed to pick him up from the plane didn’t show up!  Anyway, that’s where the song takes off.  This woman who works as a waitress at The Little Cottage Cafe helps the songwriter find the words again!

I think the story would make a nice movie!  Any takers?? 😉


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