Back to Square One
Although Andy Adams is no stranger to music, [Sidenote: This is the third post in our coverage of the twenty-second annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. We’ll be alternating our reporting with essays and photo galleries from the sixteenth festival in 2013, so check in often for a mix of old and new Woodyfest goodness.] [Sidenote: Adams was a frequent musical performer in the Oklahoma City metro before the spread of COVID-19 shut down most music venues. He also formerly hosted a weekly songwriter night at the Blue Door. He released the full-length Done Crossed That Line in 2013 and the followup EP I’ll Try Harder Next Time in 2015. ] the Tahlequah native admits the title of his latest release, Back to Square One, could be taken literally. As described in an article The Daily Oklahoman,
Back to Square One is aptly titled and [is] the result of […] a practical commitment to the craft, of carrying out a cohesive vision in the studio and of what it really means to make a living from songs. [Sidenote: Carman, Becky, “OKC songwriter Andy Adams moves forward by going Back to Square One,” oklahoman.com (10 May 2017).] Or as Adams puts it,
The whole point with the record was to do everything the way they say you’re supposed to. I wasn’t shy about asking for help and being receptive. I asked people I’ve worked with before, [Sidenote: Adams, quoted in Ibid.]
How did you do this? and
Can I pick your brain?
The album features several Adams originals as well as songs he co-wrote with producer Kyle Reid and songwriters Levi Parham and Derek Paul. Multi-instrumentalist Reid, his sister and violinist Sarah, keyboardist John Calvin Abney, drummer Steve Boaz, drummer James Purdy, and vocalist Carter Sampson all appear on the album.
Adams has performed at every Woodyfest since 2015. He performed a set on the new Bound for Glory stage on festival Thursday. Adams also served as the emcee for that stage throughout Woodyfest 2019.