Born: December 25, 1940 Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Bluesman Arthur Adams is a singer,songwriter, guitar-slinger and dynamic performer, Adams’s diverse life experiences and musical history have merged and matured into a unique style that expresses universal emotions through a highly individual lens.
Arthur Adams has been a popular mainstay of the blues scene in Los Angeles for many years. As the featured house bandleader at B.B. King’s blues club in Universal City, Arthur exposed patrons night after night to his soulful blend of silky rhythm & blues combined with his searing guitar and buttery smooth vocal delivery.
The Tennessee native got his start early in life at six years old singing in the church choir and later acquired his first guitar as he entered into his teens. His initial inspiration came from guitarist Howard Carroll of the American gospel group The Dixie Hummingbirds, but Arthur also displays an obvious affection and stylistic debt to the six string attack of longtime friend B.B. King.
Arthur traveled throughout the south early on in his career before eventually heading out west and settling in Los Angeles in the mid-sixties. His first album, “It’s Private Tonight” released in 1972, firmly established the silky smooth vocal presence and guitar style that still comprises Arthur’s signature sound of today. Over the years, Arthur’s talent and versatility in the studio proved invaluable as his skills were consistently utilized for numerous recording projects for film and television, along with extensive session work that includes albums by Jimmy Smith, Nina Simone, Quincy Jones, Lowell Fulson, The Crusaders and Bonnie Raitt.
In 1991, Arthur played rhythm guitar and contributed two songs, “Mean And Evil” and “Something Up My Sleeve,” to B.B. King’s album “There Is Always One More Time” on MCA Records. King later returned the favor appearing on Arthur’s comeback release “Back On Track” in 1999.
Today, in large festivals and small clubs alike, Adams continues to blow away audiences as he walks among them, revving them up with soaring guitar solos and melting ‘em down with his liquid honey voice. Adams’ versatility, deep soulfulness and wide influences are distilled into a smooth but heady cocktail in the new Delta Groove release, “Stomp the Floor.”
“Stomp The Floor” features Arthur Adams’ signature brand of soulfully sweet rhythm & blues filled with melodic hooks, classy arrangements and impeccable songwriting, affirming once again Arthur’s status and rightful place amongst the genre’s most celebrated and beloved artists.