As if Adam Wakefield’s mere vocal talent isn’t enough of a gift to this world, the singer-songwriter-musician just released his first single off his debut EP, and the combination of his stunning voice and the stellar track is unbeatable.
Though Wakefield always imagined his first project would consist wholly of his own writing, he couldn’t resist cutting “Blame It On Me” when writer and friend Nolan Neal handed him the track. It wasn’t an immediate realization that an outside song was the way to go, but once Wakefield sat down and recognized the magic that could be made with Neal’s more pop-influenced background and his own production treatment, he knew something special could be born.
The result is a marriage of Neal’s poppy hooks and Wakefield’s raw edge, which created a rock ‘n’ roll country tune to introduce him to the country music genre. Wakefield explained to NashvilleGab what he was trying to accomplish by teaming up with Neal on this track:
There’s nobody trying to harness that energy anymore, especially in country music. I mean, you’ve got like Eric Church and Cadillac Three . . . those two are really trying to let it hang out there. . . . I feel like there’s some energy there, something that’s missing, and it’s part of what I wanted to put into it. I feel like when you listen to that song, you can hear . . . it’s kind of like rock ‘n’ roll isn’t dead. That’s kind of what I want people to hear when they hear it.
Wakefield also embraced the lyrics of the song, feeling as though the message in the words could speak to everybody in very different ways.
It’s one of those songs that’s kind of like the words are pretty vague. What’s cool about that is that it lends itself to saying different things to different people. So, the kind of “blame it on me,” for me, the way I think about it, the kind of pop side of “blame it on me” is more of the “blame it on me, it’s my fault, I’m sorry I didn’t mean to . . . but I did. The sooner we can move past that and make up for the things I’ve done,” that’s one side of it. Then the rock ‘n’ roll side, is almost the sarcastic male point-of-view, that is sort of like “yeah, go ahead, blame it on me if it makes you feel better. I don’t care whose fault it is. I’m not accepting fault, but if you want to blame me, go for it. I just want to move past this.” I feel like those are the two messages you can pull from the song, and that’s what’s cool is since it’s shot right down the middle, different people can hear it and take different things from it.
What do you take away from Adam Wakefield’s “Blame It On Me”? Let us know by listening to it here!