Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Adam Hood with Jenny Tolman
The High Watt
Thu, Oct 11 8:00 pm


Adam Hood: Solo artist. Frontman. Behind-the-scenes songwriter. For more than a decade, Adam Hood has left his mark both onstage and in the writing room, carving out a southern sound that mixes equal parts country, soul and American roots music. It's a sound that began shape in Opelika, Alabama. Raised by working-class parents, Hood started playing hometown shows as a 16-year-old, landing a weekly residency at a local restaurant. He'd perform there every Friday and Saturday night, filling his set list with songs by John Hiatt, Hank Williams Jr, and Vince Gill. As the years progressed, the gigs continued — not only in his home state but across the entire country. Eventually even landing himself a three-year nationwide tour opening for Leon Russell.   These days, though, Hood is no longer just putting his own stamp on the songs of chart-topping country stars. Instead, many of those acts -- including Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East, Josh Abbott Band, Lee Ann Womack & Brent Cobb -- are playing his songs. Jenny Tolman: There Goes The Neighborhood. Jenny Tolman has arrived. Visitors who take the aural journey inside the city limits of Jenny Tolman's conceptual town will likely find plenty of familiar characters in her neighborhood – ambitious workers, strutting ladies, loving partners and fragile souls. While exploring the citizenry, listeners might even find themselves.   In the process, they’ll get to know Jenny Tolman, a Nashville-based singer/songwriter who relays big chunks of her personality as she plays with her new neighbors. The songs are smart, playful, insightful and vulnerable – much like the increasingly successful woman behind them. Through the charmingly thought-provoking "Something to Complain About," Tolman is racking up plays on Spotify as she builds a winning concert profile, opening for such country hitmakers as Lee Ann Womack, Cole Swindell, Michael Ray and Alabama. Rolling Stone hailed her among “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” as well as naming her set one of the "20 Best Free Concerts" of CMA Fest 2018. Music Row’s respected reviewer Robert K. Oermann implored Nashville labels to “sign her before somebody else does.”  The autograph lines are growing, and Tolman’s fan base is aggressively interactive, motivated by the truths inside her material, from the “coupon-clipper with a push-up bra” who flirts with the butcher in “Work It” to the woman battling cruel inner voices in “Love You Too.” For an album built around made-up characters, there’s a whole lot of realism, thanks to Tolman’s willingness to tap into the full panorama of her emotions.  

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