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Checking In

Posted: July 16th, 2010 | 7 Comments »

Well it has been a while since I have written anything out for you. It has been a while since much information has been divulged from our camp at all. On Monday we announced the release of this record I have been working on, along with tour dates, widgets (?), tweets, and other digital nebulae. I’m supposed to start blogging which is a bit of foreign territory for me. Fortunately, it seemed timely for me to share with you a bit of what has been going on of late in my little four walled world. So to begin, a bit of background on what I have been doing: I started playing solo two years ago, seeking an outlet for new songs I had been writing that didn’t seem to work within the limitations of drums and guitar. To avoid any misunderstanding, I am a true believer in limitation. When imposed properly, it has enabled some of the most powerful art ever made. I am extremely proud of what Tyson and I have done together and know that we still have much left to do. But every feeling, every idea, deserves at least the opportunity to be wrong, to be attempted, otherwise nothing would ever feel right. So I knew I needed to try something else. At the start I didn’t know quite what. I don’t intend to ever get to a point of complete satisfaction and comfort in what I am doing–that is not the ideal. But I think it is important to aim for it, to hover around it like a ring of buzzards, intent but leery of closing in. Each day I feel the ring tighten, if only very slightly. Jen Grady began playing with me from the start. Actually I have never played a show without her in this here so-called “solo” project. I consider her a dear friend and confide in her in almost everything band related or not. She used to play in Wax Fire from Olympia. Tyson and I played a few shows with them here and there. At first I just asked her to sing with me and she showed up with her cello so that was how we played for the first few shows. Soon I found a drummer and a bassist. Matt Montgomery was a friend of a friend who said she knew a good bass player. Turned out he was, in my opinion, an even better keyboard player; so soon Matt was playing keys, trying to sneak in flat nines and half diminished chords 7th chords behind my back. Jen has since moved over to bass and Omar Cuellar from Facing New York is playing drums. His band was taking some time off so I asked him if he was interested in playing with me. He’s a fantastic drummer. A heavy hitter with great touch and reserve when appropriate. That is the current band. All great people and musicians with whom I feel privileged to be playing my songs. Come see us soon in a town near you. We’re doing a short western states tour in August including a couple shows with Blitzen Trapper in the Midwest. A long fall support tour that takes us nearly everywhere is going to be announced real soon.

I’m gonna do my best to keep up regular entries, posts in the future, little missives of the goings on around here; so please check back in and stay in touch. If you have any questions, comments, complaints, please feel free to unload.

Thanks for listening,
Adam h s

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7 Comments on “Checking In”

  1. 1 Nick B.K.-SD said at 6:29 pm on August 25th, 2010:

    Thank you very much for the update Adam I know that theres many people who are excited and ecstatic about your new songs with Jen Matt and Omar and are stoked to see you out on the road(I promise you everybody they play a mean show) myself included and I know that theres a ton of people who cant wait for your album “We live on cliffs” to be released this fall !!!!!! So we can all feel and use your gorgeous music to get buy just that second minute hour or crazy period in our lives, your music has a tendency to do that for people you know myself included anyways take it easy bro and enjoy the 1446.

  2. 2 Brianne said at 5:38 pm on September 15th, 2010:

    Thank you for your beautiful music. I found out about you through daytrotter, and the session you did gave me chills it was so good. I relate a lot to “Two Minds”. I just bought tickets to your show with the Felice Brothers (great guys!) in Allston, MA – can’t wait!
    Thanks again 🙂
    B

  3. 3 Blake said at 2:27 pm on September 24th, 2010:

    Adam-
    I’m extremely excited for your new album coming out in a few days. I tried to see you and Tyson every time you played in Omaha. I can’t wait to see the direction your music is taking you, although I must admit I’m going to miss the pure raw energy that Two Gallants exerted on stage. Hopefully your new stuff can quench a thirst that hasn’t been satisfied for a couple of years. Good luck on your tour!
    -Blake

  4. 4 Chris said at 8:49 pm on October 11th, 2010:

    Adam. (and all) Picked up the show in Vancouver this past week. Really good to hear from you again. Your new CD is on constant play at my house. Love it. Today is Canada’s thanksgiving and hey! thanks for hitting the road yet again.

  5. 5 Woody (peace sign in first O) said at 4:44 am on October 15th, 2010:

    Hey, Just fell into a video stream after listen to spoon learning a Ted Leo tune and man when I heard (saw) Praises in your name! Wow and Cities that you burn I am impressed! if your ever in OKC I want in! Keep it up and Good Luck Brother! p.s. Hello South Dakota I miss the black hills Later!

  6. 6 Courtney Head said at 5:35 am on November 21st, 2010:

    Adam-

    I went to see The Felice Brothers in Oxford, MS on the 15th of November. And you guys were opening for them. Whoaaaahhhh! I knew as soon as I heard the first note being played by you and your band that I was in for a groovy show. And yep. That’s what happened. I actually talked to you a bit afterwards (I’m not expecting you to remember that) & you were telling me to check out the album “Attempted Mustache.” Great advice. 🙂 Your show was amazing, more than words can describe. I bought your album. And I have heard your stuff with Two Gallants; I personally enjoy your solo work more. It’s so creative and soothing. We Live on Cliffs has been playing nonstop since I got it. It’s beautiful. It inspires me and helps me. And ever since I saw you guys, I feel changed. My soul is healed and I am just itching to see yall again! Thank you so much for playing music and for going in your solo direction. I feel so lucky to have seen that show and to experience the life-changing show you gave me! Thank you thank you thank you! I am a lifetime fan now! I can’t wait to see you again!

  7. 7 Wijnand said at 4:28 pm on December 20th, 2010:

    I feel like I owe you a big thanks.

    So here it goes:

    Thanks for your music, it means a lot to me.

    I hope you guys are doing well.


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