Peter Bradley Adams Live at SOhO
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 20:00
Source: SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
A singer and songwriter whose work is musically subtle but emotionally forceful, Peter Bradley Adams
was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in a musical family, taking inspiration from his grandfather, a jazz musician proficient in the piano and clarinet. Adams began learning the piano when he was six years old, and went on to study music at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Adams worked in film scoring for a while, but in 1999 he teamed up with singer and songwriter Kat Maslich-Bode to form the group Eastmountainsouth. In 2003, after the duo was discovered by Robbie Robertson of the Band, Eastmountainsouthreleased thei r first album through Dreamworks SKG Records. While the album received positive reviews and tracks appeared in the movies Elizabethtown and Lucky Seven and on the TV shows One Tree Hill and Dawson's Creek, Dreamworks' record division was dissolved later the same year, and Eastmountainsouth broke up in 2004. In 2005, Adams launched his solo career with a self-titled EP, and also began a sideline as a session musician, playing on albums by Michael Penn, Juliana Hatfield, and Josh Groban, among others.
In 2006, Adams released his first full-length solo effort, Gather Up, on the independent High Wire Music label, and partnered with the Seattle-based indie label Sarathan Records for his second album, 2008's Leavetaking. Adams' third album, Traces, appeared in 2009, and Between Us was issued in 2010. In 2011, Adams and fellow songwriter Caitlin Canty collaborated on a side project, Down Like Silver, who released a six-song EP of songs they wrote together. Adamslaunched his own record label, I Me Mine Records, in 2014 with his fifth solo album, The Mighty Storm, which was recorded in Nashville at the legendary RCA Studio A.
Singer and songwriter Peter Bradley Adams falls into the category of perfectionists chasing their own perfection. With A Face Like Mine, he may well have caught it. With his sixth studio release, Adams has created his own brand of Americana, nestling his often delicate, always heartfelt voice in the warm embrace of gentle guitar, tasteful dobro, subtle banjo, supportive bass and unhurried percussion. The result is a sonic scape that wraps itself around the listener like a soft blanket on a cold day. With A Face Like Mine, Adams further refines the simple musical sophistication that has become his trademark. Throughout A Face Like Mine, he leaves room for the listener to crawl inside his stories and make them their own. He tells tales of love and loss, homes and hearts. The territory he mines is a deliberate mix of fact and fantasy. That said, regardless of the details meant to set a scene inside one of Adams' stories, there is always a philosophical bent under the surface, grounding Adams' songs even as they stretch outward.