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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.



 

Upcoming Shows

Apr3

Adam Traum live at the Hopmonk Tavern, Novato

Hopmonk Tavern Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato, California

 

Come out for an afternoon-evening of music live at the Hopmonk Tavern in Novato. Adam Traum will be playing his unique blend of Americana music doing a solo acoustic show.

Free (Tips appreciated and encouraged) Age limit: All ages

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Apr16

The Mosey Boys and HowellDevine at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House!

Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, California

 

The Mosey Boys are doing an amazing co-bill with HowellDevine, an Arhoolie Records group featuring Josh Howell, Pete Devine and Joe Kyle, Jr. This promises to be an amazing show with the Mosey Boys bringing the Americana country roots sound and HowellDevine delivering an amazing old-school blues sound.

$19 advance and $21 at the door Age limit: All ages

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Apr18

Adam Traum Live at the Hopmonk Tavern, Novato

Hopmonk Tavern Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato, California

 

Adam Traum will be playing a beer garden show at this great brewery and restaurant. Come out for a pint and a bite and hear some soulful Americana music by Adam Traum

Free (Tips appreciated and encouraged) Age limit: All ages

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Apr24

Happy Traum with Adam Traum at MerleFest 2015

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MerleFest, Wilkes Community College, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina

 

Adam Traum is honored and excited to helping out at the Homespun Learning Stage and playing a few sets with Happy Traum again. MerleFest is an amazing festival in the North Carolina mountains.

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May13

Mosey Boys (Private)

 

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The Adam Traum Band Live at the Red Dog Saloon

Red Dog Saloon, 76 North C Street , Virginia City, Nevada

 

Adam Traum makes his way up to the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada. Adam Traum and bassist Jack Hines will be trekking up to this historic city just outside of Reno. Don't miss this chance to hear Traum and Hines with their rocking band at this historic venue that hosted Big Brother and Holding Company, Hot Tuna and many more ground breaking acts back in the day!

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Jun13

Private Event (party)

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Mosey Boys at Murphy's Irish Pub Farmer's Market After Party

Murphy's Irish Pub, 464 First Street, East, Sonoma, California, US

 

The Mosey Boys will be doing one of their favorite Sonoma gigs at Murphy's Irish Pub. They will be rocking out the Farmer's Market After Party. Oysters, adult beverages and great Americana will be on tap!

free (tips appreciated and encouraged)

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Mosey Boys play Sebastiani Food Truck Fridays

Sebastiani Winery, 389 Fourth Street, East, Sonoma, California, US

 

Come out for one of Sonoma's funnest weekly events, Food Truck Fridays at Sebastiani Winery. The Mosey Boys will be playing inside the beautiful and spacious tasting room with plenty of space to dance and enjoy some great Sonoma wines.

Free (tips appreciated and encouraged) Age limit: All ages

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Jul12

Adam Traum Teaches at Ashokan Center Guitar Camp

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Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road , Olivebridge, New York 12461

 

Join Adam Traum and a host of other great instructors including Happy Traum, Russ Barenburg, Del Rey, Jefferson Hamer, Al Pettaway, Denis Chang and Peter Davis. Adam will be teaching Blues Guitar with a Flatpick and Intro to Arranging.

Contact Camp Age limit: All ages

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Adam Traum Solo at Landmark Vineyards, Kenwood

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Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, California, US

 

Come out for an afternoon of music with Adam Traum at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood, California. Landmark has excellent wines and is a lovely place to hear live music in the courtyard with plenty of room for kids to run around.

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Aug15

Adam Traum live at Landmark Vineyards

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Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, California, US

 

Come out for an afternoon of music at one the Valley of the Moon's nicest winery's, Landmark Vineyards. With a courtyard ideal for picnics and games for the family it's an ideal spot to drink wine, listen to music and experience Wine Country at it's best!

Free with tasting Age limit: All ages

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The Mosey Boys Live at the Sonoma Farmer's Market

Sonoma Farmer's Market, Horseshoe by City Hall, Sonoma, California, US

 

Join the Mosey Boys for an evening of music at the Sonoma Farmer's Market, one of the best markets in wine country. With a wide array of vendors and music in the middle of it all it's a fun time for locals and out-of-towners!

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Sep4

Adam Traum Band live at the Red Dog Saloon, Virginia City, NV

Red Dog Saloon, 76 North C Street , Virginia City, Nevada

 

The Red Dog Saloon is one of the coolest dive bars around. Come out for two great evenings of music at this historic Club with the Adam Traum Band. A rocking combo with Jack Hines, Michelle Zito and Glen Buschine. It's always a fun time in historic Virginia City.

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Sep12

Private Event (Wedding)

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Sep18

Adam Traum Homespun Workshop at Fresh Grass Festival

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Fresh Grass Music Festival @ MassMoCA, North Adams, Mass

 

Adam Traum will be joining Happy Traum and other Homespun Music Instruction artists for a workshop at this amazing festival held at one of the coolest museums you will find!

This is a great festival to be a part of and it is a real honor to get to teach here.

Age limit: All ages

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Sep26

Private Event (Wedding)

 

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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.

https://soundcloud.com/adamtraummusic/wide-river-to-cross-from-the
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