Peter Bradley Adams began his musical journey in Birmingham, AL at the age of five when he discovered the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s album in his father’s record collection. After wearing the record out on his aqua green playschool record player, Adams went on to create his own house music, setting up plastic trash cans and using pencils as drum sticks. Eventually his grandfather purchased real drum sticks to replace the pencils and a true musician was born. Peter’s Beatles obsession quickly grew into Beatles lip-sync sessions with friends on his street, and impromptu basement concerts for parents.
The first instrument that Adams played, at age 6, was a piano purchased by his parents from the old Birmingham, ALTutweiler hotel before it was demolished. Adams remembers both the piano and the lemon seeds inside it that were left over from spilled cocktails.
As a child, Peter’s music was influenced by his grandfather who had been a jazz clarinetist in big bands during the time of Benny Goodman and Pete Fountain. Also a pianist, Adams remembers lying under his grandfather’s piano listening to him play.
Adams' went on to earn a B.A. and Masters Degree in composition and eventually wound up in Los Angeles where he worked as a freelance film and TV composer.
In 2000, Adams co-founded the duo Eastmountainsouth, and in 2002 they were signed by Robbie Robertson (of The Band) to DreamWorks Records. Adams has since released three solo records (Gather Up, Leavetaking and Traces) and is releasing his fourth, Between Us, on June 14 through Maine-based label Mishara Music. The record was produced by Adams, Jonathan Trebing and longtime collaborator Lex Price.
"Adams is fast developing as a songwriter who both inspires and questions" - Nic Harcourt / Los Angeles Times Magazine - Jan 2010
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