Before Andy Adams started to focus on his solo career he was the de facto leader of the Fictioneers, a large ensemble with a rotating line up. Don’t trust a Fictioneer was their motto, and it was both a warning and an invitation to participate in a sonic adventure, sometimes profane, continuously passionate and perpetually entertaining.
Andy’s guitar techniques incorporate essential Mississippi delta styling’s with a definitive Americana slant into a folkie fusion of traditional and cutting edge groove. The expanse of the rhythm spans the distance between the thunk of the chain gangs chunk and the winds’ long kiss as it whispers in the willows on a sultry summer night.
Vocally he possesses a wide spectrum of range and a variety of tone, which he uses to add vivid dramatic effect to enhance the mood and movement of the stories in his songs’. This in combination with his guitar work makes the narrative into enchanting tone poems. The authentic vocal commitment and scope of the narrative brings the listener out of the mundane and into a brave new world full of possibility...
Born in Tahlequah Oklahoma some time ago and now residing in Oklahoma City his lyrical textures are literate self-contained accounts spanning an observation of the trials and tribulations of an addicts daily ordeal to a music picnic scenario with a mystical gnome metaphor, each composition complete in soul and story in its’ own personal universe. His more personal lyrics are boldly romantic in this time of shallow detachment, and project a serious understanding of the love that makes relationships function without stress.
Andy is also a respected sideman and has contributed to the quality of live shows of many artists. When he is not playing bass for Carter Sampson, he might be sitting in on harmonica or guitar for any number of local acts. His harmonica technique is nothing but taste, is it in blues or other regions of the musical gamut.
Andy has two albums of music available for your listening pleasure. “Done Crossed That Line” is a studio production from 2013 and is well respected across the musical community in Oklahoma and features many top players on several tracks. It leans to Americana but is ultimately beyond categorization in its artistic range. The more recent “I’ll Try Harder Next Time,” (2015) is more Spartan with tracks limited to live performance by Andy alone reflecting the possibilities of what he can do in real time and it equals the more produced works in its’ unbridled honesty.
In conclusion Andy Adams is an attractive bundle of talent. He can stand with the best on vocal, harmonica, bass, and guitar. His lyrics will take you places you have never been, maybe even to places that are too good to be true, or that have never really been. Remember don’t trust a Fictioneer, he might embellish.
- Bob Moore (SpaceDog)