Arthur Adams is a man with soul.
A soul that is rich in integrity for the love of creating and performing music.
A soul whose music touches each nerve in your body, your mind and your spirit.
He is a gifted artist, writer and producer.
When asked how he describes his music he says its “Soul Blues”
his combination of traditional blues, gospel and R&B.
Born on Christmas Day, 1943 , in the small west Tennessee town of Medon, Arthur ‘s early years began as a singer in his church choir. He knew there was more music out there for him as he turned that dial on his radio listening to legends like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howard Carroll and Elmore James. Never would he imagine that he would someday join the ranks of those fellow blues brethren. His earliest influences were BB King and Sam Cooke; both of which he has had the privilege to meet. A chance meeting with Sam happened early in his career and led indirectly to Sam recording a song that Arthur co-wrote called “ Somebody’s Gonna Miss Me”.
In the mid 1950‘s , he picked up a guitar for the first time. As he grew older, with inspiration deep in his soul, he formed a group The Gospel Travelers with his family members. And that was the door opening to the world outside Medon, Tennessee. They toured for a short time and when Arthur decided to attend Tennessee State University the group disbanded. He had received a scholarship through his local 4-H Club. While his studies and music were centered around a busy work schedule that began at 4 am each day; along with joining campus jazz and blues bands - his family was a great positive influence and told Arthur he could do anything with his life and that carries on to this day. But playing in a local bar, is where he got his first real taste for the life of a performing musician. He decided to leave school early to began his professional career. In the late 50’s, he toured with Gene Allison as a back up singer and found himself in Dallas where he stayed for several years playing local nightclubs with legends like Chuck Berry, Lightning Hopkins and Buddy Guy. Over the years, he has written many songs and had numerous releases on several labels not only for himself, but for other Blues recording artists and toured the world playing many clubs and festivals.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1960’s, working as a session player for Quincy Jones and also began work on his solo career there. With several other LA based music makers he found that this was a major networking move that lead to writing soundtrack pieces for artists that include Lou Rawls and Henry Mancini. Arthur has appeared on television in house bands and has also played on numerous recordings for television shows. While the list is endless, highlights include The Jackson 5, Henry Mancini, Lou Rawls, Sony Bono, and Nancy Wilson. Arthur also penned the song ‘Love and Peace” covered by Quincy Jones on the album “Walking in Space” which won a Grammy Award in 1969.
In the early 70’s he released “It’s Private Tonight” co-produced by Bonnie Raitt and Tommy LiPuma. 1976, he co-wrote “Truckload of Lovin” which was on Albert King’s Utopia Records release.
In 1985, he was asked to play with Nina Simone as a bassist. The bass had never been his first instrument of choice but Nina needed a bassist, desiring to play less bass notes herself on the piano. Very quickly, Arthur learned 40 songs and left to tour Europe with Ms. Simone. Arthur played with Nina Simone for almost two years.
He wrote two songs in 1992 that were recorded and released by BB King on the album “ There is Always More Time”. In 1994, BB King opened a club in Universal City, California and Arthur’s band became the house band. In 1999, his friend BB King would play on the recording and guest duet on two tracks on Arthur’s first release in 20 years “ Back on Track”. Arthur wrote 8 of the 11 tracks - combining early gospel, soul and the blues. In 2004, he released ‘Soul of the Blues” , followed by a 2009 release " Stomp the Floor".
Now in 2012, with his friend Keb Mo’ producing and co-writer Harry Garfield , Arthur returns to us with his amply titled “ Feet Back In The Door.”