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.
Adam Traum at MerleFest
Merle Fest, Wilkes Community College, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, US
Adam Traum is honored to be invited to play with his father, Happy Traum, at this world-class music festival. Come by the Homespun Learning Stage and Roy Bookbinder's blues stage to catch this father/son duo.
Adam Traum will be playing sideman to the very talented singer and guitarist Stacey Tuel. This is their first public show together and it promises to be a lot of fun. Red's Apple Roadhouse is an intimate setting with excellent food.
Adam Traum and The Mosey Boys Live at Murphy's Irish Pub, Sonoma
Murpy'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 for the Sonoma Farmer's Market after party in the alley. This potent group plays with great harmonies and stellar musicianship and should not be missed!
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.
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.