Bluegrass Music (blū'grăs' myū'zĭk): "Scotch bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin'. It's Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It's blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound. It's plain music that tells a good story. It's played from my heart to your heart, and it will touch you. Bluegrass is music that matters." [Bill Monroe - Wikipedia]
Paul Adkins is a Bluegrass veteran who fits the mold to a T. Raised in Wayne, WV, in the heart of coal country, Paul was exposed to music early - mostly church singing a cappella style. His dad would sing a "sweet songster" - a song done without accompaniment, that started out more like talking or preaching, and grew into a powerful gospel song. His mom sang in the local church choirs, with the only instrument - a pitch pipe. Like most teens of the era, Paul was drawn to rock and roll, and the heartfelt singing of country singers like Merle Haggard. Then there was a live Flatt and Scruggs concert, and Paul was hooked on Bluegrass. After the typical teen rock and roll bands, Paul smoothly transitioned to Bluegrass, playing with a cousin’s group, the Bluegrass Gospel Four.
Paul did stints with some major Bluegrass pioneers: mandolinist with the Goins Brothers, guitar and lead singer with Glenn Duncan and Phoenix, lead singer / guitarist with JD Crowe and the New South, and mandolinist / tenor singer with Bill Harrell and the Virginians.
Then it was time for Paul to strike out on his own. In January 1988, Paul launched his own groundbreaking band - Paul Adkins and the Borderline Band. He was nominated as Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year by IBMA, had chart-topping original tunes, and pleased thousands of fans with his combination of fine music, ensembles, and stage shows. Five albums with Rebel Records later, tours back and forth across the US and Canada, and several major personnel changes, Paul decided to take a sabbatical from the rigors of the road. Now he’s back, playing mandolin, writing, singing, and picking like he never took a break.