“"[Adam Traum's] guitar playing will make you want to learn his guitar licks, and the songs are enjoyable-by turns free-wheeling, sardonic or plaintive, and always offering the release and redemption that keep us coming back to the folk-blues mother lode.” ”
— Phil Catalfo - Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Adam Traum bio
Adam Traum is an interpreter of traditional roots music and draws on those styles in his songwriting as well as the covers he chooses. He cross-pollinates Americana genres, blending folk, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and country-blues music with an occasional jazz chord. When Traum performs he brings a warmth to the stage and puts on a 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 nationally. He has instructional guitar, ukulele and mandolin lessons on Homespun Music Instruction.
His recorded works include "Meant To Be" (2006), which was an electric album celebrating the diversity in his songwriting, incorporating story-driven songs, humor and catchy guitar riffs. Traum's release, "Just Like Home" (2012), is an all-acoustic collection of songs with an intimate feel. His (now inactive trio) the Mosey Boys (Jack Hines on bass, David Thom on mandolin) put out an album of covers called "One-takes" (2016), was a fun project with excellent musicianship and vocal performances throughout.
Traum's most recent release, "Legacy" (December 2020), pays homage to the experience of growing up in a musical family in Woodstock, N.Y., and has received positive press. His band Wolf Run (Jack Hines on bass, Kendrick Freeman on Drums) is in the final stages of tracking their debut album featuring nine compositions penned by Adam Traum.
Traum has an authentic stage persona that is backed up by solid guitar chops and dynamic vocals, which supports a cross-genre set list that is still cohesive.