Adam first picked up a guitar aged 7. He took to it quickly, and although the group renditions of ‘Catch a Falling Star’ in his primary school guitar classes didn’t exactly set his imagination on fire, it was a start. His interest in the guitar continued to gently smoulder during these early years, with a foray into classical guitar failing to provide the spark he needed, but he persevered.
In his early teens everything changed. Adam was taken to see his first ever gig when The Hamsters came to play the Marine Theatre in his hometown of Lyme Regis. It wasn’t long after he formed a band with two schoolmates, and together, with some help from their parents’ record collections, they began discovering Hendrix, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Cream, and all of the riff heavy classic rock and blues from the late 60s and 70s they had been missing out on. Now Adam knew exactly what he wanted to play on guitar. He played his first gig at the age of 15, and from then on could regularly be found recreating the music of his guitar heroes at his local venues in the South West…though it would be another 5 years before he could be persuaded to try and sing.
After almost 10 years of honing his craft performing in bands, Adam found himself without one for the first time when he came out of University. With no job and no band, he traded in a pointy rock guitar that was gathering dust, got an acoustic guitar and set to work carving out a solo career.
In 2012 Adam joined independent East Devon label NEO Music, and his career soon started gathering momentum. He released a live EP ‘I Work Alone’ as an honest account of Adam’s set at the NEO Music launch show, made his first festival appearances, completed a small tour of Scotland, and was nominated for Best Blues Act in the South West Music Awards; all whilst performing countless shows across the South West of England to build up his stamina and stage craft. He also began co-writing new material with award winning stalwart singer/songwriter Steve Black.
2013 saw this momentum continue, and now with the material behind him Adam went in to the studio with producer Alan West to record his debut album. With Adam’s acoustic guitar providing the foundation they built the album from their Devon studio, calling on Alan’s long time friend and Nashville based producer Thomm Jutz to add a little extra magic in the form of some of Music City’s finest session players. Adam’s debut album ‘Small Town Thinking’ was released at the end of that year, and throughout 2014 steadily gathered critical acclaim in the music press and received national and international radio play. Adam was featured in Classic Rock’s Blues Magazine as ‘One to Watch’ for 2014, and the rave reviews of the album included a full 5 star rating and ‘Album of the Month’ in Guitar Technique Magazine’s July 2014 edition, praising the album for offering a “whole new perspective on the (blues) genre”.
Adam continues to perform relentlessly with a gig schedule that increasingly takes him all over the UK, and he has opened for a diverse range of acts that include jazz virtuoso Martin Taylor and roots/rock trio Wille & the Bandits. He continues to build on his loyal following in the South West with regular gigs and residencies at venues closer to his East Devon home.
Alongside a blossoming solo career Adam fronts rock trio The Perfect Strangers, who for nearly 5 years have been steadily working the West Country venues celebrating the classic rock and blues music that first got Adam hooked on the guitar. Stints with other bands have included a spell as lead guitarist for indie rockers Sweet Black Angels where during this time they supported the likes of Alabama 3 and performed as the headline band at Noel Gallagher’s after-show parties in Cardiff and at London’s O2. More recently Adam can be found performing with Alan West and Steve Black, adding an extra dimension and an edge to their laid back Country and Americana. Appearances with Alan and Steve have included the Country2Country festival at London’s O2 in 2013 and 2014, and as resident act at the inaugural Midwinterfest in January 2015. Adam accompanied Alan West in session on Bob Harris’ BBC Radio 2 show aired in March 2014, and his guitar work featured on Alan’s newly released album 'All Things for a Reason'.