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.
Adam Traum is honored to be a part of the West Coast Songwriters playoffs. He won Best Song last May and will be competing against all the other best songs from August 2014-2015. If he wins he will go on to compete at the Freight and Salvage for a chance to play at the Sunset Concert in San Francisco at the West Coast Songwriter's Conference.
Come out for an evening of music with the Adam Traum Acoustic Trio at Murphy's Irish Pub. They will be in the Snug which is a great little room for listening to live music. Come out for a bite, a brew and some Americana music! Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.