Brandon Lee Adams

Brandon Lee Adams

Jun 16, 2017 |  1 comment
Date: Jun 16, 2017 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $10.00 advance / $13.00 door Type: Singer-songwriter, bluegrass, Americana, folk

Brandon Lee Adams has already crafted his own style of songwriting, guitar playing, and singing. He grew up listening to Hank Williams Sr., Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, and Tony Rice, as well as the rock, country, and even hip-hop of the time. Developed from a lifetime of diverse musical influences, Brandon’s music fits equally into singer-songwriter, bluegrass, Americana, and folk.  He is equally at home fronting a full band at a festival or playing solo for house concerts and small clubs.

He started to play the guitar at the age of eight when his grandfather Robert Adams put his old Martin D-28 in his grandson’s hands saying, “Learn G,C and D. You’re playing in church this weekend.” After learning the chords and putting many grueling hours into his practice, he got his hungry hands on Tony Rice’s Church Street Blues album. His musical career began while trying to learn Tony Rice’s works. To this day, Tony has a profound influence on the direction of his musical journey. To Brandon, it was not just playing the guitar, it was the song, the words, the vocal.

Brandon started hanging around jam sessions demanding other musicians to teach him things he did not already know. He entered his first guitar contest at the age of sixteen at The Vandalia. Coming in sixth place, he referred to that  as an eye opening day. Born in Charlestown West Virginia, Brandon spent his school week there but his weekends, holidays and summer breaks were spent working on a farm in Webbville Kentucky where he developed his musical tastes and interests. After realizing that making music was his main goal, he began to venture into various venues listening to Eric Clapton’s Unplugged album. He tuned into Vince Gill and New Grass Revival and gained much respect for Alison Krauss.  Larry Spark’s John Deer Tractor album also sparked his interest. One of his biggest inspirations as an entertainer was Jerry Reed, while Tim O’Brien’s album Odd Man Out made a huge impact. “From that point on I knew I wanted to play and sing songs like Tony, but I wanted to write like Tim.”

At the age of seventeen, Brandon began to showcase his talents after winning a local talent contest which catapulted a milestone allowing him to perform at the Ryman Auditorium. Brandon knew this was where he wanted to be. After high school, military service, and some time in college,  his love for the guitar and his music won him yet another local contest. His talent with a variety of genres only added to his appeal. Brandon’s unique sound started to find an appreciative audience while working and travelling playing as far as Ireland and Canada. As his musical ambition began to grow during a period playing in bluegrass bands, he got to meet and share the stage with such heroes as JD Crowe and Scott Vestal.

Brandon ventured out on his own where he began to work on his first album, Hardest Kind Of Memories. From this album he wrote nine out of the eleven songs. He sang lead and did the entire guitar work as he produced his own album which was featured in the March/April 2008 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. The song “Hardest Kind Of Memories” was voted a top ten hit for new country artists by Outstage. Later, he was on the IBMA award winning album “Celebration of Life” for Skaggs Family Records.

The review in Bluegrass Unlimited of Hardest Kind of Memories can be found here.

Finally, after honing his unique sound over recent years, his goal is to take his music around the world to every corner that will listen until he can play no more. The satisfaction he gets from indulging in his passion has certainly reflected through his music while sharing the stage with Vestal, Crowe, the late Art Stamper, Ernie Thacker, Dave Evans and many more. He’s recorded with Tony Rice, Scott Vestal, Jesse Cobb, Randy Kohrs, and Luke Bulla. With a rhythmic undercurrent that bears testament to his unique playing, this artist is punctuated with passion to deliver what the heart wants to convey.

One Comment

  1. Brenda Barkley says:

    Looking forward to this concert

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