Fall calls for mellow and that’s what Peter Bradley Adams excels at. So the first little bit of nip in the air set the right atmosphere for his show at The State Room Thursday night.
We’re talking Southern mellow—Molly Parden, a clear-voiced singer from Georgia, opened the night, pulling songs from her recent EP With Me in the Summer and her 2011 album.
Parden remained onstage as one of Adams’ backup singers with Lex Price playing a 1930 Tenor guitar that Adams claimed was magic. Adams played songs from his latest album The Mighty Storm and from his soon-to-be-released album, as well as what calls his oldies, as if this guy is not old enough to have a real oldies catalog.
He does, however, have that Southern sense of connection to the past that alternative singer-songwriters tend to express with melancholy tunes and nostalgic lyrics. Perhaps that’s what Robbie Robertson heard when he “discovered” eastmaountainsouth, the band Adams used to play with that first gained national attention.
Adams shared the story of the last time he played here in Salt Lake City. It was pretty much a nightmare.