Sat, Mar 09|
Jay Boy Adams & the Friends with special guests
His music has always represented a resonant mixture of country, rock, and blues while remaining deeply rooted in songs that make lyrical sense and tell stories. Jay Boy Adams, who in his early years toured with ZZ Top, Stephen Stills, The Marshall Tucker Band, Joe Cocker and many others.
Time & Location
Mar 09, 2024, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Waring, 8 Manning St, Waring, TX 78074, USA
About the event
Jay Boy Adams spent a number of years honing his craft playing in bands in Houston and then in Midland, Texas with noted bluesman Johnny Heartsman. In 1972 Adams landed an opening slot in Lubbock for ZZ Top, whose manager Bill Ham was impressed enough to recruit Adams as the group’s regular opening act. After four years on the road with ZZ Top Adams hit the touring circuit in earnest again for the next six years, sharing concert bills with such artists as The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, Marshall Tucker Band, Bonnie Raitt, The Kinks and many others.
Throughout the 1970s into the early ‘80s Adams spent some 200 to 250 days a year on the road. But the grind of touring and pursuing his musical ambitions eventually took their toll, and he was also intent on being a good father and husband. So he put his guitar down, left the road and quit music. “When I walked away, I walked away,” says Adams.
Country star Lee Roy Parnell invited Adams to join him onstage at a show in 1997, and his songwriting muse and love for playing guitar and performing returned with a vengeance. He has since toured on George Strait’s 1999 Country Music Festival, headlined the Kerrville Folk Festival and also toured Europe as a special guest star with The Texas Tornados.
Following the 2007 release of The Shoe Box, he hit the road again as a special guest opening for Stephen Stills.
Adams has also joined the Southern rock supergroup Brothers of the Southland alongside such notables as Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, Henry Paul of The Outlaws and Blackhawk, “Dangerous” Dan Toler of the Allman Brothers, Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, Bo Bice of “American Idol” fame and other top players.
A well-known name on the Texas scene is making exciting new music. Jay Boy Adams, who toured with ZZ Top, The Band, Jackson Browne, The Marshall Tucker Band, Joe Cocker and other arena-filling acts in the 1970s and 80s, is back with a new album, The Shoe Box. The new CD has already become a Top Five hit at Americana Radio and also spawned an extensive tour as special guest for the legendary Stephen Stills, not only opening the show, but also playing some guitar and singing back-up vocals as part of Stills’ band.
The independent Rockin’ Heart/Smith Entertainment Records release represents the first new music from the West Texas native in several years. The album also features guest appearances by Lee Roy Parnell, Jack Ingram, Marty Stuart and Asleep At the Wheel’s Ray Benson.
“When I was running hard in the seventies and early eighties, I never dreamed or planned that I would walk away from music, and in 2007 I never dreamed that I would be walking back,” mused Adams. “I wrote ten of the 12 songs on The Shoe Box. The songs are on a CD of course, but this is a true ‘record’ of the important things in my life. Hopefully, one of these songs will strike a nerve with some of you.”
Chances are, more than one of the songs on The Shoe Box will resonate with listeners. The album is a chronicle of both growing older and growing up, of good memories of good friends, and life’s lessons learned—some of them learned the hard way. It’s a record, in other words, of the ups and downs in a singer/songwriter’s life and the costs that roller coaster ride can impose.
Jay Boy Adams’ music has always represented a resonant mixture of country, rock and blues, while remaining steeped in tradition. A native of Colorado City, Texas, in the South Plains of West Texas, Adams grew up with the same influences that fueled the music of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Terry Allen and Butch Hancock, all of whom hailed from nearby Lubbock. Earlier West Texas musical icons much as Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Bob Wills also left their mark.
In 1972, Adams was signed to a management contract by legendary Texas music Svengali Bill Ham, of Lone Wolf Management. Ham, who also kick-started the careers of ZZ Top and Clint Black, put Adams on the road opening for ZZ and caring for Billy Gibbons’ guitars.
After that apprenticeship, Ham arranged for Adams to be signed to Atlantic Records, and he recorded two albums for Atlantic: Jay Boy Adams (1978) and Fork In the Road (1979), which included an appearance by Jackson Browne. Those vinyl albums have been compared to the legendary first album by another Texan, Willis Alan Ramsey, and have become much sought-after by collectors. And though they generated considerable sales and radio airplay, Jay Boy’s unique music was neither country or boogie rock, as his record company tried to market him; rather it was closer to the sound of the West Coast rock bands of the ‘70s, steeped in what has now come to be known as Americana music.
Adams toured from coast to coast with some of the biggest names in the business, but he continued to live in Texas, where he felt grounded, and where artistic inspiration lay always close at hand. But then, in 1982, Adams got off the merry-go-round and left the music business behind. But he never left the music itself behind - just the spotlight.
He married and fathered children and, as the saying goes, got on with his life. But he never put down the guitar entirely, and he had friends who never stopped rooting for him.
In March of 1997, Lee Roy Parnell invited Adams to join him onstage on the spur of the moment at a show in San Antonio. Adams found himself with a guitar in his hands, facing a concert audience for the first time in five years, and his love for live performance was re-kindled. Soon after that show, he decided to back home, dust off the cobwebs and get back to work.
The result is The Shoe Box (produced by Jay Boy Adams and Bakersfield, California-based Monty Byrom, perhaps best known for his work with the under-appreciated group Big House), and Adams’ first sustained tour in 17 years.