The Slamming Doors | St. John's Dance

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St. John's Dance

by The Slamming Doors

"The songs crystallize aspects of humanity, conveying a keen sense of the gravity in life, while subtly lined with the celebration that is ultimately called for."
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Who Knows
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2. River Rose Up
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3. Wicked Ways
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4. Move so Slow
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5. Be Cool, Little Girl
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6. Lucy
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7. Brown Bottles
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8. Storm
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9. Wildlove
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
We know there has to be at least one of them. In Nashville, TN there is at least one agent who has gotten rich during the past decade from one simple piece of advice given to the New Country musicians they represent, “You need two first names.”

In hearing the name “Adam Herman,” you are already tipped off to one half of a theme that runs through his songs, and the music of The Slamming Doors. The Slamming Doors operate within the familiar. So your expectations may have you jumping to conclusions. Instead of being vexed by creative traps and pitfalls that victimize bands attempting to operate within mostly familiar territory, Herman navigates those traps and pitfalls with an ability that turns them into strengths not possessed by many. Into his cache of tools they go. The second half of the theme–you’ll experience surprise, delight, and excitement as The Slamming Doors both confirm, and transcend many of your early expectations.

Instead of heading toward the fringes of what’s been done in music in order to find creativity, Adam Herman is amazingly comfortable, and effective at creating compelling, memorable music well within familiar sounds and traditions. These are sounds and traditions many musicians assume are too mapped out, too well travelled for anyone to successfully create something fresh and new. And in the hands of most bands attempting to operate there, these sounds and traditions often do feel worn out. With The Slamming Doors the memorized map hasn’t vanished, or been rejected, it has become Origami.

Herman has a soulful, versatile voice that is impressive starring in the numerous traditional styles of American music in which he writes. The songs of The Slamming Doors crystallize aspects of humanity, conveying a keen sense of the gravity in life, while subtly lined with the celebration that is ultimately called for. The songs are complete, strong from start to finish. Herman employs clever conceptual connections that inhabit the entire tune, and sprinkles in powerful lines that feel like genius turn-of-phrase. But even more impressive, they are actually densely packed, plain language. They offer a noticing that can only come from a person with great ability to occasionally slow the world down in a way most of us cannot. This noticing illuminates simple facts and realities, always there, rarely fully comprehended. Humbly packaged, these lines knock you on your ass.

A sign of a great musician is that other great musicians want to spend their time playing with them. Herman has had little trouble putting together a band filled with some of Minnesota’s best.
This becomes apparent in both recorded output, and during live performances. This is also another factor in the ultimate quality of the music of the Slamming Doors. Herman has a confidence that is not a given with many songwriters that are leading a band. Knowing that he has great players, he has the confidence to let his songs grow to their final form in collaboration with the deep resource that are the other members of the band.

Before moving to northern Minnesota, Adam Herman logged countless miles, and thousands of live performances in the American Southwest with his former band, James and the Devil. Herman’s depth of experience allows a seemingly effortless ability to get the most from his naturals instincts, his artist’s heart, his charisma, and the claim to grit that is gained during a nomadic life of adventure, adversity, tumult, and occasional danger. Tying all of this together, Herman has just enough self-identified musician, and enough of the American south in him to provide enough confidence to wear a vest, and an uncanny ability to pull it off.


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