John Adams | Hold On To The Dream

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Hold On To The Dream

by John Adams

Singer/songwriter, and occasional humorist blending traditional folk, country and bluegrass roots.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Rain
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2. The Old Cowboy's Waltz
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3. 40 Years (God Surely Smiled...)
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4. Another Day, Another Debt
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5. Hi-Tech Sheep
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6. I Still Do
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7. Better Day a Comin'
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8. Walkin' Down a Dirt Road
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9. A Prayer for Us
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10. Sunrise Over South Mountain
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11. Cinco De Mayo
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12. Someday We'll Meet Again
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13. Hold on to the Dream
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I started performing in an acoustic trio in college called The Other Brothers (you've heard of the Righteous Brothers, the Everly Brothers, the Smothers Brothers... Well, we are the Other Brothers...). We played the bar and college scene in and around Baltimore, Maryland during the late 80's. We had a small and very disturbed following. After college, the band went their separate ways, so I did solo gigs for a few years. It was during that time that I took up songwriting.

I grew up listening to country, folk and bluegrass music and all of those early influences (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Don Williams, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Chet Atkins, and in more recent years John Prine and Mike Cross) coupled with a penchant for the amusing (Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman, Ray Stevens, Jim Stafford) have molded me into the songwriter that I am today.

In the early 90's I went to Nashville and recorded a "demo" album of my early songs called Halo Moon. The producer/talent scout convinced me that I needed to have that "Nashville Sound" to be noticed. I foolishly agreed and recorded an album full of country riffs, weeping steel guitars, driving drums and thumping bass-lines. It sounded OK - but, it wasn't me. I play acoustic guitar - in a more traditional "folk" style. Live and learn.

I took several years off from performing when we started our family. But, I never quit writing. This album is a collection of songs that I have written over the last 10 years or so. Recorded the same way they were written, alone and at home, (and generally too late in the evening), and consistent with who I am. A little rough around the edges, perhaps, but honest and straight from the heart.

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Christina Atkins

Fantastic mix of humorous and heart felt songs
John's mix of funny lyrics and touching heart felt folk-type songs is a true measure of his song writing/singing talent. He has managed to create the type of CD that can make you laugh and cry. Can't wait to see/hear his next piece of art! Brilliant job!
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