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Arthur Adams

"Arthur Adams' Blues"

“I love the spirit in your guitar playing,” B.B. King told Arthur Adams at the beginning of their long musical association and friendship.  Deep soul and a life force blazing with intensity yet inherent sweetness radiate in layer upon layer of the talents and musical genres through which Adams weaves his magic. Singer, songwriter, guitar-slinger and dynamic performer, Adams’s diverse life experiences and musical history have merged and matured into a unique style that expresses universal emotions through a highly individual lens.

Arthur Adams made his singing debut in church at the age of six. He started playing guitar on his front porch with a few chords his mother taught him — initially on a guitar his uncle had tuned to an arcane, barely-used scale. Adams copied songs he heard on the radio, adding licks as he toured Tennessee and Arkansas as a teenager in a short-lived gospel group. By 1959 he was playing in Nashville, where he joined tenor saxophonist Jimmy Beck’s band. They toured with Gene Allison, who was still coasting on his 1957 hit, “You Can Make It If You Try.” However, Allison ditched the band in Dallas following a dispute with a promoter. With customary resourcefulness, Adams remained in Dallas for several years, cutting some R & B singles and adding complex jazz melodies and rhythms to his prodigious guitar chops.

Simultaneously, since early adolescence Adams had been nurturing his natural song-writing talent, seeing the first pressings of his efforts emerge during the Nashville years.  In 1961, Sam Cooke recorded his song, “Somebody’s Gonna Miss Me.”

Adams moved to Los Angeles in 1964. “I came out to play a few songs, some blues, some R & B and go home.”  Instead, he became a sought-after session musician in a voraciously competitive work environment, quickly teaching himself to read sheet music while sitting among formally trained musicians. Adams’ horizons stretched to encompass an array of musical styles for movie and television soundtracks, and for musicians as diverse and demanding as Lowell Fulson, Henry Mancini, Nancy Wilson, Hugh Masekela and Jerry Garcia. He continued to record singles and write songs for top artists, including “Love and Peace,” recorded by Quincy Jones in 1969 on the Grammy-winning album, Walking in Space.

The ‘70s saw Adams’ first four albums, It’s Private Tonight, co-produced by Bonnie Raitt and Tommy Lipuma, followed by Home Brew, Midnight Serenade and I Love Love Love My Lady. During that era he also co-wrote “Truckload of Lovin’” for Albert King. Adams continued to expand his musical vistas, in 1985 teaching himself to play bass in order to accompany Nina Simone on tour.

In 1991 Adams wrote two songs for B.B. King’s album, There is Always One More Time. There would be many more times, with King appearing on Adams’ 1999 CD, Back on Track, and Adams spending a decade as house bandleader at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Universal City, California.

Today, in large festivals and small clubs alike, Adams continues to blow away audiences as he walks among them, revving them up with soaring guitar solos and melting ‘em down with his liquid honey voice. Adams’ versatility, deep soulfulness and wide influences are distilled into a smooth but heady cocktail. 


It's Private Tonight                                                                                    1972      Blue Thumb

Home Brew                                                                                                 1975      Fantasy

Midnight Serenade                                                                                    1977      Fantasy

I Love Love Love My Lady                                                                       1979      A&M

Back on Track                                                                                             1999      Blind Pig

Soul of the Blues                                                                                        2004      PM

Stomp The Floor                                                                                        2009      Delta Groove

Together: The Complete Modern And Kent Recordings                    2010      Ace

"Feet Back in The Door" EP                                                                     2012      Kind of Blue Music

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