I am a huge jazz guitar fan. My love affair with jazz began with Wes Montgomery. So I am biased when it comes to my favorite artists. I have a new favorite and it is Adam Hawley. This brother is the truth. I became hip to Adam when he hit Billboard #1 with his 35th Street jam off of his debut release Just the Beginning. I checked out the album I was blown away from start to finish.
When I heard he was coming to Atlanta I made it my business to be there. I had been in church all day but I drug myself and my camera to the Velvet Note. I met the brother and his family and you could feel the love immediately. A real good brother who loves his wife and his family, you can see it and feel it. This love I felt after meeting them was transferred to the stage. What a performance.
There is something special about a very talented artist who loves the music and the people they perform with and for. Adam cares about those who come to see him. He reaches out and touches you when he plays. He is such a gifted musician that you don’t even notice how hard he is working because the musicianship is just that good. He makes that guitar do things that make even a novice go…WTH!
When he and his wife, Kat, perform together you see the love and respect they have for each other. They take you to a place with them as their two souls unite on stage. I say this while realizing all the connotations of this phrase, there is a sacredness about the Hawley family and I thank the creator for this union. To sum this up. If you don’t have the album Just the Beginning - get it today. Stream it today. If Adam Hawley is coming to a town near you drive, catch an uber, walk, run / jog you want to experience this brother all the way LIVE!
The future of jazz is in good hands. We have to support these artists and their work. Will you join me in supporting my brother? Will you buy the album? Stream it on Spotify, Apple Music…will you do that today? A star is born...give him some shine.