Folk musician Doug Adams will be playing “After Hours” at Bluffton’s Mustard Seed Cafe on Saturday, January 23. That’s from 9-11 p.m., when the restaurant serves appetizers and desserts. Here’s a little background on this local performer.
Last night I listened to Doug Adams’s new CD, a set of folk songs that range from the sweet (Peter, Paul, and Mary’s “It’s Magic”) to the sober (Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home”). The next day, I’m still humming the tunes.
I wondered what I would find on the disc, if it would be familiar. I first met Doug a few months ago at the Bluffton Public Library’s twice-monthly jam sessions, where a bunch of guys with guitars and I with a ukulele try to find musical common ground. Doug stands out as someone who actually has gigs!
Over the months, I’ve learned that Doug is a very recently retired minister and that he’s now busy establishing a new career. He plays everywhere from NYC clubs to Midwest elementary schools. In a nutshell, he’s a champion of live music. Want to sing, or play, or listen? Doug’s game for it all.
I’m really enjoying my reintroduction to folk and acoustic music. It strikes chords in my memory, including my third grade teacher’s passion for “If I Had a Hammer” by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Doug also has a great John Denver repertoire. John Denver’s Greatest Hits was my first album and I find the songs are cemented in my long-term memory.
When Doug sings and plays, you get every word. He truly connects with the lyrics, making his style almost conversational. But–as the jam session folks will tell you–it’s Doug’s guitar playing that drives the performance. His rhythm and tone are fantastic. (Just don’t get him started on the topic of guitars. He’s already tried to convert me from the uke!)
So I wouldn’t miss this chance to see him perform at the Mustard Seed. I’ve been to the restaurant many times and I know the food is excellent (true confessions: my daughter works there). Now we’ve got the chance to enjoy great food with a side of live music. Love it!