Twenty-eight year old Adam Hood hails from small town Opelika, Alabama. First picking up a guitar at age ten, Adam was playing live in church bands by the age of fourteen. By sixteen, Hood had quit the football team and entered the local music scene performing weekend gigs at local restaurants.
“I could either make money playing music, or sit on the bench,” he says.
After high school, Hood entered the job world and tried to back away from music in favor of stability. “I gave it up for three months in ‘97 after moving to Montgomery (Alabama), but I went crazy. I moved back to Auburn to play and things have been going well ever since.”
In June of 2001, Adam recorded a demo of his songs, which circulated among Auburn students and quickly created a demand for a full length CD. Hood saved up enough money from his day job as a land surveyor to release a live record, entitled 21 To Enter.
In early 2003 and after years of solo tours in the Southeast, often twenty-five shows/month, Hood met fellow musician, producer and Alabama-native Justin Johnson (Wayne, Secondhand Jive). Johnson invited Adam down to his studio in Birmingham to demo some new songs. Shortly thereafter, the two were playing acoustic shows around Alabama and Georgia testing the newly honed songs while working in material the two had co-written. Those resulting sessions were recorded on Johnson’s Pro Tools rig and mastered in Birmingham’s Syncromesh Studios by Jason Elgin (Wayne, Collective Soul, Secondhand Jive).
6th Street is a four-song EP inspired by Adam’s own experiences growing up in Opelika, AL and listening to heroes like John Hiatt, Ian Moore, Martin Sexton, Patty Griffin and Steve Earle. “Tuesday Night” speaks to the long and lonely path to where Adam is now.
“I had a weekly gig at a pool hall with a Laundromat in the back,” says Adam. “Not many people were there to begin with. It was pretty humbling.”
“’Million Miles Away’ came to me while driving home from a show in town,” Hood reflects. “I lived on my family's land and it took about ten minutes of country road to get home. The relationship I was in at the time was going rough.”
“I wrote “Coffee Song” after seeing a movie with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer,” Hood recalls. “I guess the theme stuck with me.”
“Justin and I wrote “Play Something We Know” about ‘that guy’ all musicians have experienced at some point or another who gets drunk and wants to sing a song with the band. It took us under an hour and kind of says it all.”
Adam Hood recently won “Songwriter of the Year” competition at The Loft in Columbus, GA and was runner up in a similar contest at the famed Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. Lately Adam has opened for Ian Moore, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Paul Thorn and Stoney LaRue while touring the country in support of 6th Street.
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