In case you missed this morning's live on air interview. KMOD!
Just blew into Tulsa yesterday evening and already I've been thrilled with 2 Wink Burcham sets as well a Jesse Ayecock and Gene Williams show. I even got to play Wink's gig at the Mercury Lounge with him last night. An amazing treat for a guitar player!
Thanks Wink! Here's the week's dates for myself. I'll have Leon Russell's current drummer Brandon Holder with me as well as one of my favorite bassists of all time; Tim Ransom Conner!
Also, look for me Saturday afternoon at the Bixby Blues Fest playing with Wink again!!
I almost forgot: Friday morning I'll be on the KMOD morning show doing an interview and live performance!
It's good to be home!
Satellite Amplifiers is based out of San Diego, CA. The owner Adam Grimm and I first met at a Summer NAMM show in Nashville back in 2011 I believe it was. We met again this past Winter NAMM in Anaheim and again recently at the Guitar Pedal Expo in Van Nuys, CA.
Long story short: all the cool guys are indeed named "Adam" :) and Satellite Amplifiers provide me with "my" sound. I'm currently demo'ing a Neutron model through a 1x12 cabinet and am totally blown away.
I'm super excited to have Adam build me my own personal amp asap. In the meantime, come check out my demo setup at the Casbah this Sunday at 9 p.m. if you're in the San Diego area. Stevie & The Hi-Staxx will be doing our thang!
Hope everyone is well!
Stevie just posted 3 of the new demos for the upcoming hi-staXX album. All 3 feature myself on 2nd guitar. Proud!
I've got some new dates locked down in Tulsa,OK! So to fill out the trip, I'll be booking dates between April 29th and May 9th from SoCal to Tulsa and back. Anyone with assistance to book venues, private parties, finding musicians where needed, etc would be greatly appreciated!
Please email adam @ adamlopezmusic dot com
The upcoming instrumental is now 12 song sketches deep and quite diverse. I'm going to keep rolling with the writing and demo session as long as the wave will take me. It's been a fun ride thus far and I'm grateful to be the outlet for these tunes!
I also just got back the first 3 tunes from the upcoming Stevie & the hi-staXX album. They are yet to be mastered and there are many more to record, but what a great feeling to hear my pickin' mixed with his tunes. I am a lucky man!
Wishing everyone well!
An update on my upcoming instrumental album: The first 9 tunes (28mins worth of music) are now sketched out and roughly demo'd! It's tentatively being called Son of Twangenstein and I'm getting more and more excited to share this with the world everyday.
The whirlwind continues. Writing/recording guitar parts for Stevie & the hi-staXX, my own instrumental album, my own vocal album, and now a new project is in currently in the planning phase!
A new Rockabilly based project that looks promising thus far.....
Wishing everyone well!
Cutting guitar tracks for the new Stevie & The hi-staXX album. Continually writing/recording/arranging new tunes for my own upcoming releases. Maintaining and improving my guitar chops. Improving my physical/spiritual/mental health. Improving myself and my duties to my friends and family. Such is this beautiful life. Wishing everyone well!
NAMM Ear. It's a medical condition. Honest! ;)
NAMM was a great time! I had the pleasure of seeing plenty of familiar faces and getting to take in all the madness of the show. Hanging out at the Hahn booth was super fun. Meeting all the great pickers that came through and getting to hear them was a pleasure. The best part was probably the after show dinners with Chihoe Hahn and his buddy Russ though. It'd been a few years since Chihoe and I got to hang out.
Meanwhile, I'm still working away in my home studio tracking new tunes for what I still think will be two releases, maybe three. Who knows though, maybe it will be one very long and diverse album!?
Also, I've taken up as working with former Pet Franklins drummer Jim Hathaway as a duo project that we hope to have working soon. Just something for fun to go out and play some gigs. All eras and styles of good ol' American music including a bunch of stuff most people probably wouldn't expect to hear me singing. Should be fun!
Another project I'm HONORED and HUMBLED to asked to participate in is with Mr. Stevie Harris. Stevie and I go back almost 20 years now to our time in the San Diego singer/songwriter scene of the 1990's.
Stevie and I are what I consider to be pretty close friends, but back in my teenage years, Stevie was a legend as far as I was concerned and somewhat intimidating in my eyes. Someone who's music I was a fan of from the first listen and to this day remains on my playlists consistently. I was lucky enough to have some of my lap slide work show up on his Black Will Not Hurt You album back in the day but have now been asked to be lead guitar man in one of his latest projects: Stevie & The Hi-StaxX. Soul rock music at it's finest with one of the best voices I've ever known and with one of my all time favorite songwriters.
Check out their Old Soul album here and download it! Also check out their Pyles Sessions E.P.
Stay tuned for updates to my "Band" page here for more info and show dates.
Wishing everyone well!
I've been writing and recording demos in my home studio like a mad man! Maybe it's the California sun or just being "home" for the first time in many many years, but I can't remember the last time I was this productive as a songwriter.
The playlist is ever changing and my unwritten rule is that I'll only post 3 songs at any one time for you to preview, so the playlist is going to keep turning over as I demo more tunes. Currently that rule is being broken and there are now 4 tunes up! There will also be tunes from both albums I'm currently working on although now I'm not so sure I shouldn't put out THREE different albums.
I truly hope you enjoy them and that you are looking forward to the final product as much as I am!
Hope everyone is well!
It's amazing how much time can pass between updates and you don't even realize it!
Hope everyone had a great holiday season and made it through unscathed. I'm currently in California getting ready for the NAMM show. I'll be hanging out in the Hahn Guitars booth and making the rounds to see some old friends and make some new ones!
I"m also in the process of recording demos for what may be 2 new albums. I say "may be" because I'm also brainstorming ideas to release everything primarily in digital form through my website. Basically adding new tunes up for sale online as they are finished. Then perhaps releasing some of the more popular tunes in hard copy formats such as vinyl....
It would be great to get feedback from those of you that are still buying music out there.
Back to recording!
Last week was a blast! Two Dixie Leadfoot gigs and one reunion of sorts with Mad Dog & The Smokin' Js that culminated in two performances for me at the Hillbilly Beermagedon festival in Rapid City, South Dakota!
This week looks to be just as fun~
This week's guitar slingin' schedule: Thursday night I'll be playing with Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels at Rock-A-Billies South! Friday night you'll find me up in Greeley with Cash O'Rileyand Mad Dog Mike Minnick. Saturday I'll be out in Gunnison with the 20 Mule Recordscrew for an Adam Lopez/ The Johnny Kongo All-Star Show/Colfax Slim show. Sunday I'll be back in the Springs for the Cash O'riley/Mad Dog show at Johnny's Navajo Hogan! PHEW!
Here's a video of me performing with Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts this past Saturday night in Severance Colorado! This is a FUN project led by former Frank Zappa and Steve Vai vocalist Suzannah Harris. I am a lucky man!
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am now the newest member of Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts! What an honor! D.L.&.T.C.S. is lead by the awesome Suzannah Harris on upright bass and some of the best vocals you could ever hope to hear. She's worked with none other than Frank Zappa and Steve Vai and now little ol' ME gets to play guitar next to her on stage!!!
It's truly an honor and I can't wait for us to get started. Come check out my debut this Friday at the Skylark in Denver!!!
Greetings all! Thanks for stopping by to check out the new site layout. Besides the new look, you'll find some new pages as well. There's also easy access widgets for joining the mailing list and finding me on Facebook now on every page. I will continually be adding new things so keep checking back!
The plan is to integrate my site with all my other social network and music sites to make www.adamlopezmusic.com the main hub and the one page to bookmark for all things related to me and my music.
You will also find my lovely wife's One Sheet button in the widgets on every page so you can learn about her craft as a professional belly dancer and even book her for your own venue or event!
Wishing everyone well!
The debut Mighty LoCasters album is underway and things are moving along quickly and easily! I can't wait for everyone to hear the new material.
Also, I've undertaken a recording project of unrecorded/unreleased/mostly unheard Adam Lopez material as well. I hope to start releasing tunes online very soon. Most likely one by one and if they do well, perhaps they'll go to print before too long.
In the meantime, I'm getting on a plane for California and looking forward to spending time with friends and family. It's been far too long!
Hope everyone is well!
Must be fluent in all forms of 50's era electric American Roots Music. Reliable. Ambitious. Willing to work and travel!
Please email Adam @ AdamLopezMusic . com
Unfortunately myself and the Mighty LoCasters will NOT be performing this Saturday night at the Zodiac (Co. Springs) with Lola Black and The Cannibal Creeps. We're sorry but hope to be back on the scene very soon!
Courtesy of Hellbilly Mike! Check out the "links" section for Six Crows Tattoo Parlor where you can find Mike and have him tattoo his brilliance on your body ;)
...of the Colorado Springs Independent following our debut at Southside Johnny's. Thanks Mr. Bill Forman!
It's finally that time. Pre production has begun and new songs are being written and arranged for the next album due in 2012. I can't wait!
The Mighty LoCasters and I had a great time rocking Southside Johnnys in Colorado Springs this past Thursday. Thanks to all the people who came out and danced their arses off with us!
Mike Haffeman on the skins, Slim Gordo on the doghouse bass:
It's official, I'm now ready to accept a handful of private guitar students in Old Co. City/West Co. Springs. If you're in the area and interested in top notch guitar instruction and tutoring, please drop me a line! You can email me here at Adam @ AdamLopezMusic . com or by phone at 918-813-9808.
Also, if you're in the Co. Springs and Denver area, please check out the calendar for upcoming gigs! The new band is AWESOME and you won't be disappointed!!!
Wishing everyone well!
Thanks so much to the good people at the Tugboat in Steamboat Springs and to the awesome crowds that supported us and danced both nights away. We've never had so much fun making music for good people!
Next up, Colorado Springs!
As some of you know, I am now based out of Colorado Springs, CO! I'm super excited about this new environment and look forward to bringing my brand of roots music to the wonderful Rocky Mountains.
The new trio is in the lab preparing for our first weekend stand in Steamboat Springs, CO Nov. 18th & 19th, and I'm in the process of setting up shop to start working with guitar students.
After many many years of Colorado dreaming, I'm finally here and looking forward to this next chapter of life.
Here's to happiness!
Howdy all! Just wanted to remind everyone to take a gander at the calendar as a bunch of new shows have been added with many more on the way!
Wishing everyone well!
Here's a recent EPK video clip I put together that I thought I'd share with y'awl. I'm in the process of securing some more product endorsements as well as looking to do more touring both as a solo artist and as a guitar slinger for other bands/artists. Enjoy!
Just got back from the Summer NAMM show in Nashville! Photos coming soon! What a great time it was though.
Also, check out the latest Lo Tops lineup! David Jackson on the upright bass and the one and only Billy Earl Padgett on the skins! Billy Earl is known for his work with The Nashville Rebels, The Starkweather Boys, and Dwight Twilley!
Catch our debut gig this coming Saturday night at Free Tulsa!
Some of you may remember ConfidentGuitar.com and I'm pleased to announce that it's back in a new form, in association with Mark Wein and www.MarkWeinGuitarLessons.com !
Please check out the Confident Guitar section here too!
Catch our Mayfest set this coming Sunday at 4 o'clock! 4th & Boston stage!
Things have been so hectic that I haven't been able to update all these websites and calendars. I'll get on it asap! In the meantime come see myself and the Lo Tops at Mayfest!
Greetings! Coming to you from yet another hotel room. This time in Oklahoma City after a fun gig at the Prohibition Room while we get ready to perform at the OKC Festival of The Arts! We'll be on the West Lawn Stage at 11 a.m.. Ouch!
Also, for those who haven't heard, awhile back we added Sean "The Animal" Ammons on bass. We've also now added a 4th Lo Tops: Mike Paul! Mike is strumming the acoustic guitar and helping out on backing vocals.
This train is a rollin' and we're having a blast! If you haven't heard us lately, I hope you can catch a show soon and get a chance to hear our progress. We're getting stronger and better everyday.
I'll be updating the calendar soon. If you're in or around Tulsa, we'll have some fun gigs coming up including the Colony and Mayfest. Keep checking back!
Wishing everyone well!
Just wanted to let everyone know that with your help, support, and best wishes, myself and the Lo Tops can play at Bonnaroo this year!!!!!!!
Just follow the link here if you would and download my song "Crazy (Maybe We All Need)" for FREE and it counts as your vote for us to play at Bonnaroo!
Please download and pass this link on to anyone and everyone you know in support of rootsy American rock & roll!
Thanks for the support!!!!
We're back from Austin and have recovered from the crammed van, the tiny hotel room, and the hectic traffic. What fun we had! Our showcase went brilliantly. We managed to pack our venue and even the owner of the joint hand delivered us shots to the stage midway thru our set. In a town FULL of bands playing all day everyday, that was a pretty damn good pat on the back!
We are very grateful and proud of one another and are looking forward to 2011!
Here's some photos from the gig courtesy of the one and only J.J. Pistols! :
As some of you know and have asked about, I sold out of physical copies of the CD months ago. However, I have just re-ordered a small run (100) for our trip to Austin and SXSW. I will gladly set some copies aside prior to our leaving on the 16th if anyone is interested. This will be the last run of them I think, so it's bound to be a rarity ;)
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. They'll be 10 bucks. I also still have the circle/star logo T shirts available. They are 20 bones.
All proceeds collected prior to the 16th of March will help fund our trip to Austin so help some brothers out!
There's been a revision to tonight's show in Tulsa. We'll now be performing with the Red Dirt Rangers and not the Philip Zoellner Band! PZB and ourselves will be booking more shows in the future no doubt, but tonight we have the honor of opening for the Rangers at Fassler Hall. 3rd & Elgin downtown Tulsa. We'll go on at 10!!
Also, there's a bunch of new vids up on my YouTube channel. Enjoy!
Wishing everyone well!
Sorry for the recent lack of updates, but my old trusty computer finally passed on to that great computer family in the sky. I'm back with a brand spankin' new one though and there's much to bring everyone up to speed on. Look for more updates in the coming days and keep checking the calendar for dates near you! Tulsa, Texas, Arkansas and soon; St. Louis!
The biggie is on March 18th during SXSW in Austin! We'll be doing a showcase at Touche' down on 6th street at 5 p.m. This is a FREE TO THE PUBLIC showcase during SXSW and we can't wait to bring you an all original powerhouse of a set!
Also, former Adam Lopez Trio bassist Sean Ammons is back with Adam and now a Lo Top! This is a very exciting time for me as Sean and I love making music together and he was the first person I tried to get when I decided I wanted to form the Lo Tops.
Much love and appreciation to Steve "The Treasure" Huhn for his time in helping get the Lo Tops off the ground. We love and miss him and his big ol' bass, but such is life. We're very excited by what Sean brings to the band and we look forward to sharing it with the world!
Wishing everyone well!
The TCB Birthday Bash! was a huge success. Standing room only in a packed house at the Blue Dome Diner! We did well and raised some sweet cash and a nice acoustic guitar for the Invisible Children United Fund. When they start their summer programs around Tulsa, we'll be sure and keep you updated!
Here's a poster for the next show on Jan. 22nd here in Tulsa at Junkie Live as well as a photo slideshow from the TCB!
Thanks to everyone for the awesome support!.
ALSO, I'VE SOLD OUT OF CDs! TO CELEBRATE AND SAY THANK YOU, I'VE MADE FULL ALBUM DOWNLOADS ON CD BABY ONLY $4.99 !!!
It's my birthday month as well as a host of great friends so we're gonna have us a lil' party. All Ages! Free! Supporting Invisible Children United! 6 awesome bands! Raffle items from Lee's Bicycles, Precision Body Art, and More!
In case you missed it, we had the honor of opening up for the Stone River Boys ( www.stoneriverboys.com ) this part Saturday night in Tulsa. The band includes one of my heros Dave Gonzales (of the Paladins) on guitar and they were phenomenal! If you don't know about this band, seek them out and I'm sure you will find them worthy of your support. Great guys who were super fun to hang out with and put on a great show!
If you're in Tulsa this week, catch myself and the Lo Tops at the Colony this Friday night with the Dale Lawton Stampede!
This just in!:
The Rt.66 Rock & Roll Ball was a smashing success!!! Huge thanks to EVERYONE involved including: Brian Parton, Kelli Lynn & The Skillet Lickers, The Dale Lawton Stampede, The Lo Tops: Rick Reavis and Steve Huhn, Brian Prewitt and the Blue Dome Diner staff, Buster's Guitars, Precision Body Art, The World Famous Hawleywood's, Jamie Whartenby, Celeste McNeal, Matt Eidson, and any n' everyone I may have left out!!!
Also, as most of you know I'm in the Nov. issue or Relix Magazine including a spot on the compilation CD. You can also find me last week's Urban Tulsa as well as the Dec. issue of Tulsa People!
Dec. 11th is a HUGE deal for me. The Lo Tops and I will be opening for the Stone River Boys when they make their (1st ?) trip to Tulsa! The Stone River Boys are led by the one and only Dave Gonzales of the Paladins, so this will be a huge honor for me! Check the calendar for the details.
Dec. 17th finds us back at the Colony with The Dale Lawton Stampede.
New Years Eve we'll be bringing it in hot in Oklahoma City at the Prohibition Room.
Jan. 8th we''l be throwing another Ball in honor of my Birthday at the Blue Dome Diner. It's also a celebration of all the other January Birthdays including Kelli Lynn's, Steve Huhn's, Brian Prewitt's, and some guy named Elvis.
It will be an Elvis theme party with all kinds of silly wackiness including dress up, look-a-like contests, and some sort of charitable cause to donate too again! Details coming ASAP!
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!!!! Thanks for the support!!!
If you're in or around Tulsa this November, mark your calendars!!!
Hey all! Just wanted to do some quick catch up. The Nov. issue of Relix is on the stands NOW! Grab a copy to find me inside and on the compilation disc. Any of you that are HERE because Relix? Sign the guestbook and say hello! Also, please find me on my social network sites. You can find them in the Links section.
If you're in Tulsa this Nov, catch myself and the Lo Tops on the 19th at Ida Red @ 7:30 for Kelly Kerr's photo exhibit: Axe Men.
It's a celebration of Oklahoma guitarists that not only am I honored to perform at, but honored to be among the 30 or so guitarists in the photo exhibit itself. Others include Steve Pryor and Tommy Allsup, so that should give an indication of how LUCKY and HONORED I am to be included!!! Check out Kelly's work at:
Later that night we'll be playing next door to the Cain's Ballroom hosting our own official unofficial Reverend Horton Heat After Party after they tear it up at the Cain's. We'll be at the Crystal Pistol!
Then of course is Nov. 24th and my baby: The Route 66 Rock & Roll Ball! This is going to be an old school Rock & Roll package show. An old school dance hall party! We're also going to raise some change for the Food Bank for the holidays. Featuring Brian Parton, Kelli Lynn & The Skillet Lickers, The Dale Lawton Stampede, and myself and the Lo Tops. Comedian The Phenomenal McGonigal will host! Monty The Barber will have a chair on site to do some old school barbering too!
All ages, full bar for the adults, and donations at the door. No cover! Hope to see you there!
What a wonderful month Sept. has been for myself and the Lo Tops. We really had a BLAST this month getting the band together and tightened up. Rehearsing like madmen. Performing a ton! The show at Hot Shots recently was great and the people there were SUPER kind to us. The all ages CD release party at Ida Red was AWESOME! Thanks to Brian Parton for sharing all these recent bills with us lately and to Gypsy Twang for playing a set at the CD release. And another HUGE thanks to Rick Reavis and Steve Huhn for being awesome Lo Tops, and our good buddy Matt Eidson for all his support!
Look for more fun in Oct! We'll be making our first out of state trip with the new trio on the 16th over in Fayetteville,AR at Ryleigh's Boom Boom Room. One of my favorite places to play! Also, there's gonna be a couple of Tulsa shows so stayed tuned to the "Calendar" section for updates coming soon.
We're also looking into another CD release party, this time for the adults! We hope to have a full bill of Rockabilly/Roots bands, a decorated dance hall, and a crowd in full on 50's threads! This ain't no costume ball, but simply a night for everyone to fully express their rebel attitudes and DANCE like crazy people! Stay tuned!!
Also, look for an article on me in an upcoming issue of the Urban Tulsa as well as a spot in RELIX Magazine; including a track on their monthly compilation CD sampler!!!
Tons more possibilities are in the works too! Life is beautiful!
Wishing everyone health and happiness!
First of all, I can't believe it's already September!!! Time flies!!! Second of all, the new trio "The Lo Tops" are not only up and running, but getting better by the day. Rick Reavis on the skins and Steve Huhn on the doghouse bass are awesome people and great musicians with a great work ethic and commitment to the cause. I can't thank or appreciate them enough!!! Check out the calendar for upcoming shows. There's quite a few!!! Wishing everyone well!!
Ok y'awl! I NEED YOUR HELP!!! I wanna play this Festival and YOU CAN HELP
get us there! Just need you to find me on the list and vote for me &
the Lo Tops!!! Then I need you to send it to all your friends..and I
mean ALL OF THEM. Alert anyone and everyone with an internet
connect and a pulse, and then ask them to
send it on their friends and so on and so forth!! Let's show the world
the power of Tulsa,music,friends, family, friends of friends, friends of
family, and....!!! YOU CAN VOTE ONCE A DAY THRU AUGUST 19TH!!! THANKS!!!!
The show at the Black Gold Music Run was nuts!! What fun. Gary Davison stepped in on moments notice and just KILLED it! Steve Huhn on the doghouse bass was the perfect ingredient and we had an awesome crowd!
Look for us later this month on the 21st at the Hunt Club with Hurricane Mason!
Find me over on Facebook and check out a video montage of last Friday's set!
I always try and make it a habit to support those that support me as often as possible, so I'd like to remind those of you that don't know.
I proudly play Hahn Guitars and use products by the World Famous Hawleywood's! Fine grooming products for men ;)
Catch me with a guitar in my hand and it's a Hahn. Catch me looking smooth with a nice do and clean shave, it's Hawleywood's!
Look for Hawleywood's products at all live shows over on the merch table~
The new music spreading all over the net like wildfire. You should be able to find it at most online retailers in digital and physical form within the next couple of weeks. If you can't find it on your favorite site, drop me an email and I'll see what I can do about it. T shirts will be there week too! I'm also setting things up on my ReverbNation page, including merchandise, so that's a great one stop shopping site for the new stuff.
The new trio "The Lo Tops" will debut this Friday July 30th in Tulsa at the Black Gold Music Run. We go on at 11pm over at the Utopia Club! Hope everyone will come out and join the fun!
The Lo Tops are: Gilly Garcia on the drums and Steve Huhn on the doghouse bass. Welcome fellas!!!!
This is gonna' be a fun one!
Wishing everyone health and happiness!
The new disc "Rock & Roll Is My Super Power" is off to print!!!! Look for it at online retailers in soon too!! Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!
The album is done! I'm working on the legalese and getting the packaging ready for print. The new trio "Adam Lopez & The Lo Tops" will debut July 31st in Tulsa at the Black Gold Festival and the CD WILL be in hand.
Also, I've taken up a Friday night gig now called "Adam Lopez & The All Star Rhythm & Blues Review". This is one FUN gig
Featuring OK Blues Hall of Famers: Harry Williams (Ike & Tina, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Flash Terry, Hubert Sumlin), Bucky Young (Ike & Tina, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Little Milton) and the great Frank Swain (Flash Terry, Little Johnny Taylor, Lowell Fulson)!...!
Don't miss out Tulsa! Gringo's @ 9 pm. 31st & Sheridan just behind the movie theatre!
Busy busy! Hope everyone is well and see you soon!
It's been a great 2010 so far and I've been staying very busy. As you know, I've been working with the Kevin Phariss Band and getting to play with some Tulsa music legends regularly. I've also been getting to work with David Thayer. David is a bandleader, singer, and great guitarist who's played with many BIG names in country music. We've been doing some fun gigs covering all sorts of classic rock, blues, country, and r&b and it's an honor to get the call!
The new album is about halfway complete and the remaining half is mostly done already as well. I go on the road this week with the KPB and once I return I expect to get the album done and off to print in about 2 weeks.
I can't wait! If you're in the Little Rock, Arkansas or Memphis areas, the KPB band will be there this Friday and Sat. I know we're at the VFW in Little Rock on Friday night (7ish?) and need to get the details on the Memphis gig, but we'll be there.
Look for us or drop me an email if you need more info!!
Hope all is well~
Anyway, every year (at least recently?) the Urban Tulsa holds an essay contest to send one lucky and promising music writer to Austin for SXSW to cover the event. This year my friend Brandy Stoner entered the contest and was super awesome enough to use me and the album (even after all these years!!) as her backdrop for her wonderfully written piece. I thought I'd share it with you all as I'm touched that she thought of me and because Brandy is great with words!
Greetings! I wrote an entry for the SXSW contest for Urban Tulsa Weekly, on the subject of which local band we think most deserved to be on a stage at SXSW and why, as well as about our love for music, in 500 words. I did not win. It was not the entry they were seeking, but I thought you might like to have a copy of the piece.
SXSW – Brandy Stoner – “Adam Lopez Band”
A discussion about one’s love of music can easily grow esoteric. I’ll try not to get too “profound.” Music is a sister to poetry in a way that it isn’t to math, and words are my favorite thing.
William Carlos Williams said, “It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”
Music, like poetry, is used to teach, ease, excite, and celebrate. It is uniting, divisive, mournful, and inciting. Music is universal language. It replaces the language we lost at the Tower of Babel. Where words fall short, we have song. Songs leave a record of our humanity and our inhumanity.
You can see a soul as much through the music that moves someone as you can by the songs that don’t.
Although the “Adam Lopez Band” – quotations are his, not mine– has gifted Tulsa with newer work since the 15-song Stranded in Babylon, it is the collection “that added some more truth to my diet.” (Bored Of Education, Track 5).
As we listen, we are invited in the next hour to “embrace those that have roots” (Lovers, Track 4) and to “save ourselves, our lovers, and our happy homes.” (Save Ourselves, Track 9) I’m a sucker for a good wordplay, so The Bored Of Education (Track 5) had me from The Bored. Expecting to hear that the young are apathetic, I was inspired to hear Adam’s smooth voice saying that we are tired of what we are being taught, and want to learn the truth. The mighty Babylonian metropolis which we have been told to admire may fall from its glory one day.
My love of language was birthed by the songs and rhymes of childhood. Language is percussive. Consonants are beats and vowels move the melody. The syllables move me. In chapels and arenas, good music sparks the same desire in me as a man who is intense, tender, strong, smart, and a little unpredictable.
I’m Alright (Track 13) is so danceable, one might chant “Yeah hey yeah,” and forget (or not realize) that it’s about not passing on abuse. Connecting with an artist or piece is not only a matter of understanding a message, or a moment. It is a physical experience.
Hips, however, lie closer to the heart than one might think. Song is a sensory experience, born of emotion and imagination. It springs forth in its conception from a single thought, action, or ideal.
When live, Adam is entirely performing, but comes off as if he were the only person in the room. It’s evident in his self-portraits in Babylon’s cover design. The “Adam Lopez Band” captures the freedom of rock without all the frenzy.
The hard guitar of the title track, backed by the strong drums of Pholk Souljah (Track 11) and the soaring end with Soul Music, make Babylon’s call to cease personal and political separations one that can and should be heard at SXSW in Austin this March.
it's been awhile since I've updated this thing. Sorry for the lag! I've been keeping pretty busy with the Kevin Phariss Band and my teaching schedule. My trio is back on hold as I'm shuffling around potential players and trying get something that works for everyone. No hurry! I've come to the point where I'd rather be patient and create something that's exactly how I envision it instead of slapping something together and rushing.
We're still hosting the Sunday Jam @ The Cimarron Bar. 4 p.m. every week!
Look for the KPB around Tulsa and into Arkansas and Memphis come Memorial Day weekend.
Also, the new album is still under construction. Again, I want to be patient and do it up right, so of course it's taking far longer than anticipated but I really think we'll have something out there come summer !
Hope all is well,
Where to start??! First off some of you may have noticed that ConfidentGuitar.com is no longer online. Due to time contraints, I didn't feel I could give it the attention it needs to be worth your time to browse, so I've taken it down for the time being. The lesson videos will remain on the CG YouTube page for now and perhaps a new lesson blog will appear sometime in the future.
One of the reasons for the discontinuation of CG is that I'm now involved in 2 bands as a full time member. As you already know, I've been hired by the Kevin Phariss Band, and my new trio is up and running.
I've also had my student count start to go back up (about 30 a week). That's a lot on the plate and a TON of songs and lyrics to memorize, but trust me, I ain't complainin' ;)
Life is beautiful and getting to share music with all these great musicians and fans is a blessing!
I'll be debuting with the Kevin Phariss Band this Saturday in Mannford Oklahoma at the VFW.
The Swingin' Chupacabros will be debuting on Feb. 24th at the Blue Dome Diner for a private party (lemme know if you want me to sneak you in ; ).
Hope everyone is well!
I hope everyone made it through the holidays and is enjoying the new year! It's already been a year of ups and downs on this end. Most of you don't know, but I've taken the gig with the Kevin Pharris band here in Tulsa. The Kevin Pharris band is a local treasure led by Kevin that features some great musicians including Rocky Frisco on keys (JJ Cale) and Harry Williams on drums (Ike & Tina, Hubert Sumlin,Flash Terry). Both are Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame inductees and Rocky is also an Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductee.
These guys have always blown me away with their kindness and acceptance into their local music scene and now that I have a chance to work with them full time I must say that I"M HONORED.
On a sad note, Kevin is currently in the hospital recovering from a stroke. Please pray, hope, think happy thoughts, send mojo, or whatever it is you prefer but please send it!
It's been a rough time lately for many Tulsa musicians health wise and I truly wish them all and everyone all the health and happiness in the world. I hope you do the same ! ;)
Also, my new band looks to be in place and I'm VERY excited to get out and start performing the new tunes as well as some new covers I've always wanted to play.
Look for us out on the local scene very soon; Tim "Ransom" Conner on bass, Gary Davison on drums, and if you're lucky and catch us on the right night, Rocky Frisco on keys!!!!
If you haven't yet, find me on MySpace, Facebook, and ReverbNation as well!
Also, don't forget to check out my new work in progress: ConfidentGuitar.com
Just wishing everyone happiness and health and all that good stuff!!
Also, I just mixed down 10 finished tunes worth of demos! They're coming along nicely and I can't wait to share them with everyone.
Also, for my fellow guitar geeks, head on over to ConfidentGuitar.com and take a look around. Sign up for the forums and join the community!!
The new tunes and recording sessions are going great! Can't wait to share the new material with everyone.
If anyone has any leads on available Rockabilly'esque drummers in Tulsa, send them our way!!
Also, check out the updates over at ConfidentGuitar.com
The first video lessons have been posted!
The new website for guitar geeks everywhere is finally off the ground!
Check out the ConfidentGuitar.com tab and make your way to the new site!!
Also, the new tracks are coming along quickly and smoothly. Tim "Ransom" Conner is helping with bass duties this time and we're having a BLAST making these albums.
Here's to you and yours and making sure everyone is enjoying life and staying safe over this holiday season!!
Also, I've been selected as a featured artist to appear on the DiversaFest compilation CD! I"m honored. Peace, Adam