I’ve recently taken on a new gig. It’s not too big or time consuming – basically I drive around and hang up posters promoting upcoming acts at The Square Room. I have yet to procure any of the press materials at this point, but for now I’d like to share my own words written a few months back for one of the guys featured this Friday night. (Yes, my next to last post was about this guy, but that’s because I don’t blog very often, not because he’s the only thing there is to talk about. But he is worth talking about, and I hope to see some of you at the show!)
Thoughtful arrangement, imaginative lyrics, and moving melodies are essential elements for a singer-songwriter, and Adam Whipple possesses them in spades.
“There’s a dirt road in my heart and I will follow it til dark to somewhere” he tells us and we believe him despite his innocent posture, because we know our own hearts and the long dark roads we so often follow ourselves.
What sort of artist would call himself “a cancer?” And sing songs about sleeping with his neighbor’s wives? Certainly not a Christian one, you think, but you’d be wrong. Adam Whipple is a singer-songwriter of a different sort. Unafraid of big questions and wary of easy answers, Adam is the kind of writer whose words ring in your ears long after the music dies.
A seasoned performer, whose stage presence betrays his age, Adam is the kind of singer who connects easily with his audience. His freshman debut Old Skin Horse layers harmonica, guitar and piano with ease, proving his deft musical talent; but it’s the blend of emotional truth telling and sincere, honest vocals that draw the listener in and make him stay.
It’s obvious with Adam’s latest album Sinclair’s Eve that his gifts are only continuing to grow. His penchant for lyrical poetry has matured into polished storylines and clearer images, while his knack for complex musicality has also gained a sharper focus.
Adam Whipple is a musician who seeks not only to entertain, but to genuinely encounter all who would stop to listen. And the souls who slow down enough to receive his gift are the ones who benefit the most.