Andrew Akins

Song Premiere: Andrew Akins “I-25”

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Americana Highways brings you this premiere of Andrew Akins’ song “I-25” from his forthcoming album Parables. Parables is scheduled for release on January 2023, and was produced, mixed and mastered by Andrew Akins with additional engineering by Colton Thomas.

“I-25” is Andrew Akins on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and B3 Organ; Colton Thomas on drums and percussion; and Gracie Tidmore on background vocals.

An acoustic country rock song captures the feel of a winding road trip in a way no other music can in quite the same way, and Andrew Akins has harnessed this to meld perfectly with his nostalgic song of driving through the snowy mountains in the bright winter sun.  It’s pure and expansive.  Give it a listen and close your eyes and see.

I wanted a song that made you feel like you were driving down I-25 in Colorado. It’s a drive I’ve made many times. There’s something mystical about these incomprehensible mountains looking down on you as you drive by, cloaked in snow and shielding us from the sun. You feel so small, but you feel so alive. It wasn’t hard to connect these drives to past romantic experiences I’ve had where I’ve felt paradoxical excitement and dread. The narrator feels this magical moment happening, but there’s shame clawing at his mind, and he knows the romance will end. At some point this song became less a short story and more a short autobiography. But one thing is for sure – I still love making that drive down I-25. — Andrew Akins 

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