This is the rising singer-songwriter’s first release since his No. 1 Billboard Singles Sales hit “Cold Dead Hands.” In advance of the albums’ release, Collins partnered with multiple national media outlets, including Billboard, Parade, The Boot and CMT to give fans a sneak peak of the seven-track project. It’s Been Awhile was produced and mixed by Bill McDermott and mastered by Noah Gordon.
“I am so happy to finally be able to share this album with everyone. From playing bars in my hometown of Bardstown, Ky., to releasing this album and all the miles in between, I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me along the way,” expressed Collins.
Reviewers are raving about It’s Been Awhile…
“Raised by his musician parents, Dustin Collins has been around music his whole life. With years of exposure and experience under his belt, he’s taken his talent to a new level with his sophomore album, It’s Been Awhile.” – Kristin Brown, Cowboys and Indians
“Dustin Collins’ voice, on his new album It’s Been Awhile, has a depth and honesty that defies his years. Cold Dead Hands is a great song but I also suggest country music fans take a deeper dive and listen to great cuts like The Barn and It’s Been Awhile. Collins’ obviously came from a music family and you can hear it his songs!” – Eric Dahl, Maverick Magazine, Rock& Review
“Collins demonstrates an enviable versatility with It’s Been Awhile, augmenting the rousing summer anthem ‘The Barn’ with more deeply personal songs like the title track and ‘It Always Starts With You,’ both of which he wrote himself. An impressive showcase for the Kentucky artist.” – Bob Paxman Sports & Entertainment Nashville
“Bardstown, Kentucky may be a small town, but it’s going to have some pretty big talent on its hands. Dustin Collins has staked out his territory with songs that are a reflection of who he is. They’re songs from the heart—and they entertain. The kid’s a heck of a writer! Big things are on the way for Dustin Collins. ” – Cameron “Camo” Wallace, Nashville Access radio and Nashville Access Podcast
IT’S BEEN AWHILE TRACK LISTING:
1. The Barn
(Jack Williams, Troy Johnson)
2. Cold Dead Hands
(Monty Russ Criswell, Lincoln Parish, Stephen Wilson)
4. Texas Was You
(Tony Martin, Wendell Lee Mobley, Neil Thrasher)
5. Bonfire Songs
6. It Always Starts With You
7. It’s Been Awhile
A true road warrior, Collins spent hundreds of thousands of miles on the road playing in honky tonks, fairs and festivals throughout the midwest and his home state of Kentucky, including a slot on Aaron Watson’s Vaquero Tour, as well as opening for Chris Janson, Granger Smith, Kane Brown, The Kentucky Headhunters and many more.