Arthur Adams

Arthur Adams

Arthur Adams, a native Tennessean, began playing guitar in the mid-'50s, taking early inspiration from the man whose name adorns the club that later employed him (Howard Carroll, axeman for gospel's Dixie Hummingbirds, also was a principal influence)..

Relocating to L.A. in 1964, he began to do session work for jazz great Quincy Jones, and cut singles for the Bihari Brothers' Kent label and Hugh Masekela's Motown-distributed Chisa imprint.

His late-'60s R&B sides for the latter were co-produced by Stewart Levine and featured support from most of the Crusaders. Adams' 1970 debut LP for Blue Thumb, It's Private Tonight, was co-produced by Bonnie Raitt and Tommy Lipuma.

Adams continued to record solo albums through the late '70s, but by the '80s he retreated from the forefront, only occasionally moonlighting as a session guitarist for various groups.

In 1992, he wrote two songs for B.B. King's There Is Always One More Time album and 1999 saw Adams's first solo release in 20 years with Back on Track, which featured King as a guest guitarist.

Arthur has played some of the top blues and jazz festivals in the world. Central Jazz & Blues Festival in Los Angeles, Long Beach Festival in Switzerland, Ritz Carlton Hotels in Los Angeles and Pasadena, Muddy's Club in Germany, Banana Peel in Belgium and Buddy Guy's in Chicago.
Arthur has played and recorded with B.B. King, wrote the song "Mean and Evil" and "Something Up My Sleeve" for B.B. King. He also wrote the song "Love and Peace" for Quincy Jones' grammy award-winning "Walking In Space" album, "Somebody Is Gonna Miss Me" for Sam Cooke on the "Twistin the 'Nite Away" album, "Truck Load of Loving" for Albert Kin
Arthur played guitar on the "Nick of Time" album for Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Smith's album, "Root Down", Jerry Garcia's "Garcia", the Crusaders' "Street Life", Johnnie Guitar Watson, Dr. John and many more.
Arthur's freight train guitar and soul-steeped vocals, combined with his prolific predilection for writing great material (often in conjunction with award-winning composer Will Jennings), are all brilliantly showcased on his Blind Pig debut Back On Track, his first album in two decades.

The set features two sparkling duets ("Got You Next To Me" and "The Long Haul") pairing Adams with his principal stylistic influence, the great B.B. King, and his regal presence is quite an honor for his long time.

Arthur Adams' CD "Stomp the Floor" has been nominated for the Blues Foundation Award in the category of Soul Blues Album of the Year. The awards will take place on May 5, 2011.

In late 2012 Keb’ Mo’ said “he had the great honor to produce for a dear friend and blues legend, Arthur Adams”.
The two song single: “Feet Back In The Door” & “Like Only She Can Do” is now available


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