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Welcome to AdamTraumGuitar.com! Adam Traum is an artist who seamlessly cross-pollinates Americana genres, blending folk, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and country-blues music. When Adam takes the stage he brings a high-energy, well-polished show, whether he is playing as a solo artist at an intimate house concert or for a festival crowd backed by his potent band.


Adam’s influences include Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Mississippi John Hurt and Rev. Gary Davis, to name a few. Traum gigs and teaches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He has two instructional DVD guitar lessons on Homespun Tapes. His CD, "Meant To Be" (2006), celebrates the diversity in his songwriting, which incorporates story-driven songs, humor and catchy guitar riffs. Traum's newest release, "Just Like Home" (2012), is an all-acoustic collection of songs with an intimate feel, paying tribute to his musical heritage.


Happy and Adam Traum Live at MerleFest 2014

Upcoming Shows

Jul25

Adam Traum Live at the Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma

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Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma, 691 Broadway, Sonoma, California, US

 

Come out for a happy hour drink and Adam Traum playing a solo acoustic show from 5-7pm. It'll be a good time in the beer garden with delicious brews and food!

Free (tips appreciated and encouraged)

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Aug1

Adam Traum and The Mosey Boys Live at Murphy's Irish Pub, Sonoma

Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street, East, Sonoma, California, US

 

Come out for a great night of music with the acoustic power trio, Adam Traum and the Mosey Boys. This potent group plays with great harmonies and stellar musicianship and should not be missed!

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Aug11

Adam Traum Live at the Acoustic Bistro (Osteria Restaurant)

Osteria, 3277 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California

 

Adam Traum is honored to be a part of Osteria's Monday night Acoustic Bistro. He will be playing a 45 minute set for the acoustic singer/songwriter series that happens every Monday along with one other performer. This is an excellent chance to catch Adam Traum playing his original tunes in San Francisco.

Free (Tips appreciated and encouraged) Age limit: All ages

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Aug16

Adam Traum Live at Marin Country Mart Farmer's Market

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Marin Country Mart Farmer's Market, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, California, US

 

Come out for Adam Traum playing at the Marin Country Mart Farmer's Market. He will be doing a solo acoustic show geared toward kids at this excellent farmer's market in souther Marin County. In addition to kids songs he'll be doing some adult-friendly material as well.

Free (Tips appreciated and encouraged) Age limit: All ages

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Aug17

Adam Traum live at the Hopmonk Tavern, Novato

Hopmonk Tavern Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato, California

 

Come out for an afternoon of music in the beer garden at the Hopmonk Tavern, Novato from 5-8 where Adam Traum will be playing his unique take on Americana roots music

Free (Tips appreciated and encouraged) Age limit: All ages

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Aug22

Private Event

 

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My MerleFest set with Pete Seeger 

When I was about 19 or 20 years old, I was  at MerleFest in Wilksboro, North Carolina, helping my parents man the Homespun Tapes booth. At the time it was a relatively small festival with mostly folk, bluegrass and old-time music in honor of the great Merle Watson.

Pete Seeger was playing and asked me to join him for a set on one of the stages. He also invited me to lead a song. I was so nervous and couldn't think of what to play. I was a rocker and electric blues player at the time and didn't have a traditional or folk repertoire. My dad said that I should just play what I feel comfortable with and so I worked up the nerve to play "Little Wing" by Hendrix on my little Takamine 3/4 sized acoustic guitar.

Pete was so gracious and after my song said it was "unfair that someone so young could be so good." I was honored and humbled to play a set with Pete and will remember that day clearly.

When I heard of Pete Seeger's passing I was saddened that our world lost one of the best people to ever walk the earth. RIP Pete Seeger! We'll miss you.

Ghost Jam Session 

I had the pleasure of playing at the Sutter Creek Theatre in Sutter Creek, California with Jack Hines on bass a few weeks ago. It was  great show in a funky old theater in gold country outside of Sacramento in Amador County. We had a great show, but the magic really happened after the gig when the apartment they put us up in gave us access to the theater after hours. 

The Sutter Creek Theatre is supposed to be haunted and after we relaxed for a while and had a few cocktails to wind down from the show we picked up our instruments and had a really inspired jam session. Check out some of the sounds we recorded on a small hand-held recorder placed in the room. Follow the link and enjoy the song and see if you hear any sounds from the ghosts listening.

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