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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.


NEWS UPDATE!!! Adam Traum is excited to announce an exciting duo show with critically acclaimed pianist David Bennett Cohen at the Berkeley Art House on October 11th. More details to come as the event gets set up, but this is will be an amazing show!
 

Happy and Adam Traum Live at MerleFest 2014

Upcoming Shows

Sep18

Private Event

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Sep30

The Mosey Boys Live at the Sonoma Farmer's Market

Sonoma Farmer's Market, Sonoma Square, Sonoma, California, US

 

Join Adam Traum and his band the Mosey Boys at the Sonoma Farmer's Market starting at 5:30pm. This acoustic trio is a fun string band that tears it up!

Age limit: All ages

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Oct11

Adam Traum and David Bennet Cohen Live at the Berekeley Art House

Berkeley Art House, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California

 

Adam Traum will be playing with a duo with accomplished blues pianist David Bennett Cohen of Country Joe and the Fish fame. This is their first collaboration together! Come out for a great night of guitar and piano music.

Note: this is a very freshly booked date with details to come.

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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.

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