There are those artists that we hear and feel an instant connection with. Music can sometimes have that effect on us. Maybe a song resonates with something we are going through in life. Or there is just an overall appreciation for their style. It could be a number of things really, but artists that fall into this category usually become a go-to when we want to tell someone abut good music. For me, one such musician is Adam Hood.
My interest in Adam Hood’s music goes back to a review of Welcome to the Big World I read on Savingcountrymusic.com back in 2014. While that is not all that long ago, it feels like I have been enjoying Hood’s music for a decade. I guess that means so much of mainstream country is forgettable. The music of Opelika, Alabama’s own Mr. Hood, is far from that.
In many ways, you may sense some similarities to the work of Will Hoge. There is obviously a country feel to much of Hood’s music, but he has a knack for adding just the right amount of southern rock into the mix to create some real powerhouse songs. Both Hoge and Hood are two of the best at this, and still maintain their commitment to the power of the lyrics. You may find yourself tapping your feet and enjoying some excellent twangy electric guitar, but there’s real substance throughout. Working to share his wisdom of life lessons to his daughter in Welcome to the Big World to the moving on from Nashville in Hell of a Fight, we’re always left with something to take away.
My admiration for many artists like Hood, comes from their songwriting careers that often go unrecognized by the casual listener. As I have worked to become more attentive to song writing credits, we realize just how many Texas based artists have penned some big songs. Hood has written and co-written songs such as I’ll Sing About Mine (Josh Abbott Band), Grandpa’s Farm (David Nail) , and Good Ol’ Days - the latter being special is it was written by Hood, Brent Cobb and Miranda herself for her album The Weight Of These Wings. These songs are just a few that highly regarded artists have selected for their own albums. I’m sure that makes for a nice feather in the ole’ cap.
As a listener of Hood’s music, learning of this songwriting ability speaks to the talent that he has. There are artists out there that can perform someone else's song and do it damn well. Then there are those like Adam Hood that can write and perform with the best of them. Having a stage presence and making the songs come to life in the flesh during each performance. It’s what the judges would always say on American Idol. They need to believe you. People need to feel your songs. It’s that connection that makes a musician go from just another songwriter to a master of the trade.
So what I ask of you, is to listen to this play-list I made of my favorite Adam Hood songs and hopefully understand how important he is to real country music. The respect he has amongst his peers and his close friendships with artists such as Jason Eady, Courtney Patton and Jamie Lin Wilson speaks volumes. Sure, he may not be some big star on mainstream radio, but who cares. I’ll gladly put my money on a album crafted by a talent such as this before some other cookie cutter artist. As one of my songwriting friends, Jordan Kirk recently said: “Real recognizes real.” I couldn’t agree more.
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