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Rian Adkinson (born 22 March 1980) is a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Atlanta, Georgia. During his career, Adkinson has been featured in Prog Magazine, Billboard Magazine, Free Times Columbia, Creative Loafing, Stomp and Stammer and more. Adkinson is a PRS endorsed artist and is known for using the S2 Mira Antique White and the S2 Custom 22 SH.[1]

Rian Adkinson
Adkinson recording Villain in 2014.
Background information
Born (1980-03-22) 22 March 1980 (ageĀ 39)
OriginAtlanta, Georgia
GenresProgressive rock, Art Rock, Pop Rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active2004-present


Adkinson released his debut EP Disasterpiece in August 2004, his first venture as a solo singer/songwriter after many years playing drums in punk, rock, funk and progressive rock bands. Over time, Adkinson built a loyal following throughout the southern US, playing in college towns and opening for Lovedrug, Patterson Hood (Drive-by Truckers), Edwin McCain, Copeland and more.

In 2007, Adkinson released his second EP, Bipolaroid moving away from the acoustic based pop of Disasterpiece and into electronic music with more progressive leanings. Shortly after the release of Bipolaroid, Adkinson embarked on a 180-date tour of the United States.

In 2012, Adkinson began work on another EP, 1984 with producer/engineer Brandon Ham at Red Sparrow Studios in Wilson, North Carolina. The sessions heralded the tracks 'Say Something', 'Diamond Girl' and 'Even Now'. It was during this same period that Adkinson traveled to Charleston Sound Studios in Charleston, South Carolina to record a new batch of songs. These sessions provided Adkinson with the hit song 'Cutthroat', which was featured in PROG magazine.

In 2013, with the success of 1984 and the Charleston sessions, Adkinson began work on what was to become his first full-length album, Villain with producer/engineer Brandon Ham.

After 18 months in the studio writing and recording, Adkinson released Villain independently on September 22, 2014.[2] The album was well received and has sold over 10,000 copies as of April 2015.[3]

Adkinson is currently working on his new studio album Heathens with producer Brandon Ham (Set It Off (band), Sent by Ravens, Divided By Friday) once again, alongside engineer Chris Wenner (Toro y Moi, Say Brother, The Jackson Spells). In an interview released on Adkinson's Facebook page in June 2016, Adkinson confirmed that he was working with UK based production company Crystal Spotlight (Steven Wilson, Jethro Tull, Haken) on a music video for Judas, the lead single from Heathens.[4]

Adkinson's second studio album Heathens is due for release in Spring 2017. A single, Judas, was released on Friday 13 January 2017.


Studio albumsEdit

  • Villain (2014)
  • Heathens (2017)

Extended playsEdit

  • Disasterpiece (2004)
  • Bipolaroid (2007)
  • 1984 (2012)


  • Judas (2017)


  1. ^ "Rian Adkinson - PRS endorsed guitarist". Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  2. ^ "Rian Adkinson - Villain". Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  3. ^ "Rian Adkinson - Villain sells 10k copies". Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  4. ^ Adkinson, Rian (22 June 2016). "A Q&A with Rian Adkinson". Rian Adkinson. Retrieved 22 June 2016.

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