For Adam Traum it is always about doing right by the song!
Growing up in Woodstock, New York, in a musical family Adam Traum had a front row seat to music history. Adam is proudly carrying on the tradition his way, cross-pollinating Americana genres, blending folk, blues, bluegrass, outlaw singer-songwriters and country-blues in his diverse songwriting and cover arrangements. When he performs Adam brings his passion for music to the stage and puts on a well-polished show with tasty guitar chops and a relaxed but powerful voice to match.
He formed his love and fundamental understanding of music watching modern roots/rock pioneers like John Sebastian and The Band play their well crafted, soulfully performed songs. At the same time he was raiding his father's ample record collection and listening to masters of blues, country and folk for hours and doing his best to play along. After several stints in rock bands, Traum found the truth, beauty and honesty in roots music that can't hide behind tricks and effects. His commitment to excellence in songwriting and musicianship translates to his recorded and live performances.
He also has several popular videos on Homespun Music Instruction.
Adam Traum is back in California from FreshGrass where he did a workshop with Happy Traum on blues jamming for two guitars. FreshGrass is growing and is a festival that is gaining momentum and is worth the time.
Traum's most recent Homespun instructional video, Basic Mandolin for Guitar Players is doing great. Traum is working on a new lesson on basic guitar soloing that he hopes to have out by mic-October or early November. It's a two hour video that teaches mandolin from a guitar player's perspective.
Check out Adam's YouTube channel where I added a few videos with Colin Gilmore. He also have some Straw Wattles videos up if you want to check those out. Here is a video that was shot on tour with Colin Gilmore this past December.
Traum is busy finishing his strongest bunch of new tunes to date for a new CD he plans on releasing in May 2019.
The video below is from a celebration of Greenwich Village music in Central park last August.