Drawing comparisons from Townes Van Zandt to Tim Buckley to Lou Reed, Arkansas born and bred Adam Faucett is a tough act to label. Most known for his powerful, almost operatic voice and intricate finger-picking, Adam’s songs are characterized by lush, warm melodies and shifty-smiled lyrics nestled on top of subliminal guitar work. It’s a sound the Arkansas native has coined “southern soul swamp opera.”
Originally from Benton, AR, now residing in Little Rock, Adam has previously released two albums as a solo artist and one with now disbanded Russellville, AR local heroes, Taught The Rabbits, which Adam has called “A Lush, Pink Floyd and Sonic Youth-inspired group; kids who grew up in a gravel pit tipping their hats to their psychedelic heroes from so far away.” Taught The Rabbits’ One But Just Another and Mallet and Watch were released in 2001 and 2006 and the band established a strong local following, touring regionally and sharing the stage with Calexico and Lucero.
In 2006 Adam relocated to Chicago where he wrote the material that would become his first solo album and began playing solo shows around town. In 2007, he moved back to Arkansas to record “The Great Basking Shark” with longtime friend and producer Darian Stribling (Bob Goblin). The record displayed a focus on storytelling and roots arrangements, showcasing Faucett’s strong vocals, unique finger-picking, and banjo playing. Adam toured extensively throughout the US in support of the album, playing over 100 shows from coast to coast.
In 2008, Adam returned to Blue Chair Studio to record “Show Me Magic, Show Me Out” (Blue Tint) with Stribling, and newly assembled live band “The Tall Grass” , comprised of Little Rock musicians Chad Conder (drums) and Jonny D. (bass). “Show Me Magic, Show Me Out” demonstrated the electric folk soul sound that the band had been honing in live shows and marked further evolution in Faucett’s songwriting. The Arkansas Times raved “Even the greatest American folk singers would be hard-pressed to leave such a vivid account…”. Faucett continued his rigorous touring schedule, opening for bands including The Legendary Shack Shakers, Vetiver, Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Damien Jurado and Elf Power.
Faucett’s newest release “More Like A Temple” pushes out in all directions, simultaneously more folk, more rock, more melodic, more soul, and more sinister than all of his previous work. Love and Sweet Maureen come on like Otis Redding sitting in on a Pavement single. Morphine is a haunted morning-after reflection with a guitar hook that stays with you until the next morning. The swamp rock foreshadowing of Gator, the space folk of Saturday, and the Zeppelin vs. White Stripes riffs of Do What I Say present Faucett as part folk crooner, part celestial traveler, part Arkie rock hero – all parts in sharp control of their faculties as writer, storyteller, singer, composer, and guitarist.
Adam will be touring throughout 2011, playing his songs for friends, fans, and strangers alike.