Singer-songwriter Adam Doleac scored his first big hits on the baseball diamond, starring for the University of Southern Mississippi and playing in the College World Series in 2009. Now, it’s a whole new ball game for the Mississippi native, as a prolific writer of country songs and an entertainer embarking on his first major tour.
His sultry, sexy single “Whiskey’s Fine” helped serve as the launching pad for his spot on “The Highway Finds Tour,” along with High Valley and Ashley McBryde. The 20-city tour, presented by Sirius XM and Live Nation, winds its way to the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Friday night, October 27th. “I’m very excited about this tour,” Doleac says, seated inside his management company’s Music City office. “This is the first real tour I’ve ever been a part of.”
Doleac is certainly no rookie when it comes to being a road warrior. It’s just that this particular tour carries its share of cool perks. “We have played hundreds of shows,” he notes, “but I was in my truck for all of those. It’ll be nice to be on a bus and really get to take in all the places we play. I’ve been wanting to go out to Montana and Wyoming for years,” Doleac adds smiling, “and now we will get to do that on this tour.” There is considerable prestige attached to “The Highway Finds Tour” as well. Past “Highway Finds” artists have included Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris and Carly Pearce, all relative newcomers when they joined the tour.
It’s a gigantic step for Doleac, who’s made Nashville home for the last five years. He’s written literally hundreds of songs, with cuts for Darius Rucker, Kane Brown and others. His self-titled, six-track EP, featuring “Whiskey’s Fine,” was released this past June, and proved a true breakthrough project.
“We put the EP out and took it to Sirius XM,” Doleac says. “They kind of fell in love with ‘Whiskey’s Fine’ and told us they wanted to make us one of their Highway Finds. Obviously, we were excited about that. It was on the strength of the EP that we got the tour.”
That fine fortune further validates his decision to concentrate on a musical career. Doleac learned to play drums at an early age but sports won out, at least through his college days. During his time at Southern Mississippi, he played baseball but also started to perform in a band. He soon wrote his first song and the game was on. Doleac put out his own EP and the release party drew a sizable crowd, spurring his move to Nashville in 2012. Though he currently makes his living strictly in music, Doleac affirms that he hasn’t forgotten his baseball lessons, which have served him well in his new field of dreams.
“When you’re playing Division I baseball, there is not a lot of free time,” Doleac explains. “You have your school work along with practice and the games. So, you learn a lot about time management and you learn a good work ethic. It’s the same with being in Nashville. It’s hard to get where you want so you have to work really hard. When I came to Nashville,” he adds, “I had maybe 20 songs to my name. Now, I have about 300. That comes from writing with guys in Nashville who have been doing it for years. The more you do something, the better you get at it.”
Doleac still hears from his baseball buddies, like former college teammate Brian Dozier, now with the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis. “They kind of follow what I do and I keep up with them the best I can,” he says. And how’s this for an endorsement? Doleac’s boyhood idol Chipper Jones, formerly of the Atlanta Braves, heard his EP and sent out an encouraging Twitter message praising the record. “That was pretty cool,” Doleac says in understatement.
As the new year approaches, Doleac has his sights set on future goals. “I would like to get a complete record finished,” he notes. “And I would like to jump on another tour next year for sure. Another thing is to really focus more on writing. I want to write songs that will be around for 10 or 15 years. That’s what I really want to do.”