Adam Hood, Jenny Tolman

Small room

Adam Hood

Jenny Tolman

Fri · October 12, 2018

9:00 pm

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

Adam Hood
Solo artist. Frontman. Behind-the-scenes songwriter. For more than a decade, Adam Hood has left his

mark both onstage and in the writing room, carving out a southern sound that mixes equal parts

country, soul and American roots music.

It's a sound that began shape in Opelika, Alabama. Raised by working-class parents, Hood started

playing hometown shows as a 16 year-old, landing a weekly residency at a local restaurant. He'd

perform there every Friday and Saturday night, filling his set list with songs by John Hiatt, Hank Williams

Jr, and Vince Gill. As the years progressed, the gigs continued — not only in his home state, but across

the entire country. Eventually even landing himself a three-year nationwide tour opening for Leon

Russell.

These days, though, Hood is no longer just putting his own stamp on the songs of chart-topping country

stars. Instead, many of those acts -- including Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East, Josh

Abbott Band, Lee Ann Womack & Brent Cobb -- are playing his songs.

In 2016, Hood signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville and GRAMMY Award-winning

producer Dave Cobb’s Low Country Sound. All while remaining adamantly focused on his own career,

playing around 100 shows annually promoting third solo release, Welcome to the Big World, and now

his newest release, Somewhere in Between.

A showcase for both his frontman abilities and songwriting chops, Somewhere in Between shines a light

on Hood's strength as a live performer. He recorded most of the album live at Nashville's Sound

Emporium Studios over two quick days. Teaming up with friend and producer Oran Thornton (Miranda

Lambert's Revolution, Angaleena Presley's Wrangled) their goal was to create something that reflected

the raw, real sound of his concerts, where overdubs and unlimited takes are never an option. The result

is a record that reflects Hood's working-class roots, mixing the upbeat thrill of his roadhouse roots-rock

songs with the contemplative, stripped-down sway of his country ballads.

Joining him in the studio were guitarist Pat McLaughlin, bassist Lex Price, and drummer Jerry Roe. All

of whom captured their parts in just a handful of live takes while Hood simultaneously tracked his

vocals. Stripped free of studio trickery and lushly layered arrangements, Somewhere in Between is an

honest, story-driven record. One that’s both relatable and deeply autobiographical, with Hood writing

or co-writing ten of the record’s eleven tracks, alongside friends like McLaughlin, Brent Cobb -- who

also appears on the electrified "She Don't Love Me" -- Josh Abbott, Jason Eady, and plenty of others.

Somewhere in Between is an album that finally finds Hood telling his own story. A dedicated family

man, he wrote "Locomotive" — a heartland anthem, full of Telecaster twang and sunny swagger —

after watching his young daughter develop her motor skills while playing with a set of blocks. Balancing his life as a relentless road-warrior, Hood penned highway ballad "Downturn" about a life filled with
wanderlust and long drives from gig to gig.

As a blue-collar songwriter, Hood shines a light on everyday experiences — from family and friends to

the thrill of Friday nights. Partly because he’s stuck to his roots. The native Alabaman still lives in the
Yellowhammer State and celebrates America's rural pockets with songs like "Keeping Me Here" and
"Real Small Town," two songs filled with images of main streets, open landscapes, hard times, and good
people.

"It's southern music," he says, grouping Somewhere in Between’s wide range of music under an
appropriate banner. "That's what it represents: the soulful side of southern music, the country side of
southern music, the genuineness of southern culture, and the way I grew up. One of the t-shirts I sell
at every show simply says ‘Southern Songs,’ and It's a good summary of what I do. It's what I've always
done."
Venue Information:
The Hi Tone Cafe
412 N. Cleveland St
Memphis, TN, 38104
http://hitonecafe.com/