Adam Sanders has already enjoyed success as a songwriter in Music City, helping to craft Country Airplay chart-toppers for Cole Swindell ("Ain't Worth The Whiskey") and Dustin Lynch ("Hell Of A Night"). The Florida native has also toured with Swindell, Cam, and Eric Paslay. Now, Sanders is launching his own single, "Over Did It," from his upcoming self-titled EP -- and Billboard is excited to premiere its video.
Of his new single, Sanders says it speaks to his current state – a happy one. "I have said from the beginning that if I am meant to have a song that is going to change the trajectory my career, in my opinion, 'Over Did It' is the song. It came from a very real place. I remember coming up with the title – I wrote it with Ben Stennis and Brice Long – and I told them about a new relationship that I had started and being in that headspace a girl overdoing everything you thought someone could do to your emotions, and life. Since we wrote it, it's always been the one that has stood out. I handpicked it as the single, and my team is behind it. The video takes the song to another level. When you watch it, it has a 'To Be Continued' graphic that comes on the screen, because we have some plans for it going forward."
Sanders made plenty new fans during his slate performances at the recent CMA Music Festival, where he was all over the place. "I got to play Ascend Amphitheater for the first time in my career. We did something very cool with the CMA Foundation and Cracker Barrel where we surprised twenty-seven band students from Oliver Middle School, and they came out and played one my songs with me. It was so incredible to give back and see those kids in that environment. They were beaming from ear to ear. That was a lot fun. I got to do three songs with Tracy Lawrence and his band. He's one my childhood heroes, so that was a big deal. We did an event for Spotify at Ole Red, and did a little bit signing autographs for the fans, so it was a busy week... but I enjoyed every second."
Getting to perform with Lawrence was definitely a dream come true, but Sanders has actually developed a close friendship with his idol – something that he still can't believe.
"I grew up on Tracy's music, and when I got to town, everybody would compare me to him. I always loved the comparison because I am such a fan. We started the '90s Night concerts, and I told my team at Red Light that I would give anything to have Tracy Lawrence come and be my special guest. It worked out to where he could come and play, and we did 'Alibis' together. We exchanged numbers that night, and we've got dates to write songs together, and he asked me to be a part his show at CMA Fest this year. A lot people say 'Don't ever meet your heroes because it may change your perception them.' I can honestly say that the more that I've gotten to know Tracy, the more I'm a fan what he does. To look at the phone and see his name come across my screen is so surreal to me."
Those '90s Night concerts have become a big ticket around Nashville, and the original artists behind it are ones you might be familiar with.
"Some the first people that I ever met in town were guys like Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, and Tyler Farr. We used to do this thing called 'Saturday Song Day' over at Cole's house. At the end the night, we would always end up playing nothing but 90s Country songs. We all joked about how cool it would be to do a 90s concert. About three years, I brought up the concept to my team at Red Light. They all thought it would be cool. So, we put out some feelers to see if anyone would be interested, and everyone we asked said they would. We did the very first one at Exit/In and sold it out. Our guests at that first one included Martina McBride and Mark Wills. Our last one was at Marathon, where we sold that one out also. The lineup included Tracy, Joe Diffie, Blackhawk, and Diamond Rio. It was so amazing," he says, stressing that it's all because their love the music. "It came from such an organic place, and is a way to give back to the songs that inspired us."
What is it about those sounds from two decades ago that struck a chord with Sanders? "Personally, for me, it's just so nostalgic. I can personally remember certain albums and songs, and where I was when I first heard them. I remember what I felt when I heard those songs. I can go back to my early days Alan Jackson, and remember where I was when I heard 'Don't Rock The Jukebox.' For me, it's something that will always speak to my childhood."