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.

There are lots of cool new things to check out at AdamTraumGuitar.com!

 Check out Adam Traum's latest podcast Live From the Kitchen Table!  Episode 005, the most recent podcast, features David Bennet Cohen on the piano, a cool new instrumental and a Lomax-esque version of a Reverend Gary Davis tune. Some new photos have been added in the last month and a new video of an EMG pickup demonstration that was beautifully shot. Some shows have been added to the calendar as well so check those out.


Check out this new video posted on EMGtv

Upcoming Shows


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Happy and Adam Traum House Concert, San Francisco

KC Turner Presents House Concert, San Francisco, California


Come out for a KC Turner Presents rare West Coast house concert with Happy and Adam Traum. The bi-coastal father and son duo only play together a few times a year and it usually on the East Coast.

Happy Traum is a skilled fingerpicker and veteran of the Greenwich Village folk scene. He started Homespun Music Instruction in the mid-sixties and is known as an instructor and is a skilled fingerpicker, singer and purveyor of folk styles. He recorded with Bob Dylan, was a disciple of Brownie McGhee and Pete Seeger.

Adam Traum grew up around music and for a time went his own way playing in rock bands. When the younger Traum got bit by the acoustic Americana bug he immersed himself in blues, folk and country styles and hasn't looked back.

He and Happy have been playing together more often with the Traum Family Band and as duo at festivals and house concerts.

$20 Age limit: All ages

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Adam Traum and Jack Hines at Tony's Seafood

Tony's Seafood Restaurant, 18863 Hwy 1, Marshall California


Come out for a great view of the Tomales Bay and an evening of acoustic music with Adam Traum and Jack Hines at Tony's Seafood.

The food and views are excellent and it's fun place to hear music.

Free Age limit: All ages



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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.