Adams Wilson has been gigging and recording in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware since 2007. On May 9th, they'll release their fourth full-length album, "Prairie Fires." The foundation for this album was laid in the Spring of 2012, while the band was recording a track called "Everything is Golden" at GCR Audio in Buffalo, NY. The song featured a pedal steel guitar, and had a strong Alt-Country/Americana vibe. Matt Riley and Adams Eberwein, the band's primary songwriters, felt it was the strongest song they had ever written, and the track became a touchstone for the songs that were written in the time leading up to "Prairie Fires."
Adams and Matt returned to GCR in the Fall of 2014 to record 10 all-new tracks, as well as 3 re-worked songs from their back catalogue. They brought with them producer Mike Mean, bassist for Americana artist Moot Davis, who helped the band refine their new sound. The album has a pedal steel out front on many of its tracks, and adds mandolin, upright bass (played by Mean), and cello to create a more organic, acoustic feel than what can be heard on the band's previous work. It's a clear reflection of the Americana and alt-Country influences that have guided the band's writing for years, including Counting Crows, Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
After the album was complete, the band recruited Nashville transplant Annette Williams to share vocal, mandolin, and songwriting duties. She joins Adams Wilson veterans Brian Scorben on bass, Ryan Buzby on drums, Matt on lead guitar, and Adams on vocals and rhythm guitar. The band will debut "Prairie Fires" at St. Michael's Mutual Club (87 Giammarino Ave., Gibbstown, NJ 08027) on May 9th, from 7pm-9pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at https://adamswilson.yapsody.com/event/index/11174?ref=elink. A cash bar with discounted beverages will be open for the duration of the show. Copies of the new album will be available, as well as brand new Tshirts, and alternate album art that the band considered using for "Prairie Fires." The album will soon be available on CDBaby, Spotify, and iTunes.
Adams Wilson will be performing throughout the Summer in the Delaware Valley. After the album release concert, their next show will be May 17th at the Boneyard Bar & Grill in Atlantic City for the Elephants for Autism Music Festival.