Where southern rock and country meet the blues is the musical space where Adam Holt plies his craft. An Alabama boy , his music is the kind you would hear on a peanut shell strewn roadhouse floor amidst the clack of pool table balls and hearty laughter on a hot humid southern summer night. Roadhousers aren’t music purists so a mix of Muddy Waters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Delbert McClinton, and Bonnie Raitt blares out from the jukebox as people relax and have a good time on a Saturday night. Adam Holt’s new album Kind of Blues fits this style of music like a tight pair of jeans on a southern lady out for a juke joint weekend.
All the songs are originals except for a deep velvety voiced rendition of Bob Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay. He captures the heart of Americana music with Mr. Morning Drive, a song he co-wrote with his wife, Jillian, about her grandfather who was a DJ for many years. Some tasty guitar picking makes The End a tune worth savoring. And The Story Must Go On is a thoughtful southern rock song about the progress of civil rights in the American south. Bobby is a great cut that shows off his voice and guitar playing and the talent of keyboardist and organ player Donnie Sundal.
The song that really caught my ear was the upbeat Before I Trusted You. It should get a lot of airplay on country and southern rock formatted stations and streams. And the lyrics alone make it worthy for inclusion in the roadhouse blues category.
As the album title states, it is Kind of Blues and well worth a listen.
Adam Holt Kind of Blues (Zenith Records 2019)