It's all about the song!
As a story teller Adam Traum wraps his catchy hooks with infectious grooves. His songs have a consistent verve, which reflects his belief in music as an essential element of the human experience. The material Adam writes evokes images of an Americana landscape spinning tales of love, heartbreak, beauty and the occasional observational diatribe. When he performs live Adam brings his sunny disposition and genuine love of playing music to the stage. His tasteful instrumental chops and relaxed but powerful voice are a great compliment to his well-crafted songs.
The rootstock of Traum's music germinated in the fertile ground of the Catskill Mountains. He was raised in a musical family in Woodstock, New York, with a front row seat to music history. His passion for music was enhanced by going to many festivals and shows in his formative years. As an aspiring guitarist Traum was always welcome to pick along at jam sessions with family friends, many of whom happened to be musical luminaries.
Traum regularly raided his father's record collection listening to the masters of electric blues, country and folk in addition to regular doses of rock albums he got at the local record store. He would spend hours playing along and figuring out his favorite riffs. Thanks to the time spent exploring these musical avenues, he became a well-rounded musician able to nimbly shift between genres.
After tenures in several rock bands as a young musician, Traum found the truth, beauty and honesty in the roots music he was raised around. One year at MerleFest in North Carolina, he had a musical epiphany after seeing Tony Rice play guitar. No gimmicks, no effects: just wood and steel! It was music made by people, for people. The authenticity of that performance is the benchmark he continually strives for whether playing acoustic or electric music.
In addition to being a busy performer, Adam is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and active music educator with several popular videos on Homespun Music Instruction. his band Wolf Run is completing their debut album, and has a more electrified sound while still holding fast to his musical sensibilities. Go to wolfrun.net to hear songs from their upcoming release.
Adam Traum has some exciting shows and a bunch of newly composed songs that he's looking forward to sharing at some upcoming gigs.
His most recent Homespun lesson “Learn Your Chord Families: Essential Progressions in Five Keys” went live at the end of September. It's a great chance to learn how chords fit together in an easy and approachable way.
Adam is continuing to mix with Wolf Run, his band with Jack Hines (bass) and Kendrick Freeman (drums), for a 2024 release of their first CD. They are putting the finishing touches on what promises to be a terrific new album of mostly original material.
Adam Traum's solo album "Legacy" is available to stream on Spotify and other streaming services and is available for purchase at Bandcamp now and the physical copies are available at adamtraumguitar.com and on CD Baby. This is Adam's most personal collection of songs to date where the tracks range from serious to lighthearted. He highlights some killer guest performances from Happy Traum, David Thom, Jack Hines, and Josh Yenne.
Among the tracks for the full CD is "Ash on the Windshield" (the video link can be found below), a song about fires on the West Coast. Adam wrote the song as a gift for his wife on their anniversary and there is a link to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping) where you can donate to a great local cause that helps many Sonomans in need!
Keep checking back for more updates. Thanks for supporting independent artists like Adam!