The Sunday Buzz Matinee
Songwriter Showcase Hosted By Frank Critelli
Hello, my name is Seth Adam.
It is unconventional to offer a biography written in the first person. As the cliché goes, rules were meant to be broken...
I am a 45 year old singer-songwriter, born and raised in Connecticut. I reside near the great city of New Haven with my wife and daughter. I’ve been playing music, in one form or another, since I was 5 years old. I got my start performing in front of audiences when I was in the elementary school chorus. Rock & roll got a hold of me just before my teen years, and I performed my first “rock & roll band” show at one of those old moose/elk/insert-animal-type halls when I was 14. I've been hooked on the rock & roll ever since.
Here's the part where I tell you what I am currently doing with my career.
2016 was a turning point in my career as I wrote and recorded songs out of a hobbled-together home studio space. Playing all of the instruments, engineering, producing, and everything else-ing on my own resulted in an EP called East Rock. The experience inspired me to continue to do much of the same for the foreseeable future, sidestepping the formal recording studios. In January 2018, I released a single (and video) called ‘Anytown,’ written in response to the events in Charlottesville VA the summer before. On February 14th 2020, I released a single called ‘At Different Ends,’ reflecting on the division and loss of wonder in American society from the perspective of one lonely observer. Shortly after the COVID pandemic began in 2020, I started constructing a formal home-studio space, finishing it in April of 2021. During that time, I also wrote and began recording songs for my fourth full-length album. This album, titled Fits and Starts and Stops, will be released in September 2022.
Here's the part where I give you some history, drop some names, and tell you about some influences.
I describe my music as singer-songwriter/Americana/folk/rock. That’s a lot of sub genres, but probably the best way to characterize it. My earliest influences were Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Kenny Rogers. My dad used to play their records for me when I was a kid. In my teenage years, I embraced hair-metal, progressive-rock, and grunge phases - music I still enjoy to this day. I consider the music I write now to be the most heartfelt and sincere. My biggest influence is Counting Crows with Led Zeppelin coming in at a close second place. In recent years I’ve come to nearly deify The Beatles and Son Volt. Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, and Wilco have also been tremendous influences on my work. Lyrically, I like to have something important to say in my songs.
I love making music. It's how I make a living. It takes a lot of work and it pays off. In 2007, my song ‘Get Out’ was licensed to Volkswagen for their Sights & Sounds campaign. In 2008, then Fox entertainment columnist in NYC, Roger Friedman, called me “the hardest-working, best live act in indie rock.” In 2010, I received a nice hometown nod from The New Haven Advocate’s reader’s poll, winning the Best Rock Band category. For my 2013 release, Steel Tempered Pride, I had the good fortune of working with David Immerglück, guitarist for Counting Crows, James Maddock, and Camper Van Beethoven. In 2016 I was nominated for Male Performer of the Year for The New England Music Awards, and again in 2017 for Songwriter Of The Year. Through the years, I’ve opened for Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy-winning Robert Cray, Tonic, Vertical Horizon, The Alternate Routes, Will Hoge, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Ken and Drew from Sister Hazel, Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty), Mayer Hawthorne, and more.
I also like dogs. I think they're cool.
See you soon!
Wrestled an alligator, fought a tornado, and been everywhere twice. Ran away with the circus when I was 16 and spent a few years as a rigger. Started writing songs when I was hiking the Appalachia trail. Thoroughly convinced I've been reincarnated and landed in the wrong decade. I write a lot about the mountain I grew up on. Spend a lot of time in corners talking to myself.