(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Rock singer-songwriter Adam Masterson brings his distinctive blend of soul and rock to the Egremont Barn on Saturday, June 30, at 8pm. Masterson is often compared to Nick Drake and Van Morrison, and his vibe also recalls early Bruce Springsteen and Jakob Dylan. Folk duo Rocks and Water warms up the crowd for Masterson.
Masterson stands in a tradition that unites songwriters who have followed their muse regardless of fad and fashion or the demand for hit singles – writing songs that could be dropped down in any time or place and which would strike a deep and resonant chord.
From London, this talented singer-songwriter taught himself guitar and was writing his own songs by the age of 16. He made his start in the music industry in his late teens, playing in several bands on the London circuit but struggling to find a publisher for his roots-rock material.
Branching out as a solo artist, Masterson’s demo recordings for the small Volume Records label came to the attention of the BMG subsidiary Gravity. The revival of interest in singer-songwriters in the new millennium helped his cause, and he toured America as support for the Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones. Masterson also supported Tori Amos and toured the US and UK with Philadelphia-based band Marah.
Masterson recorded his 2003 debut album “One Tale Too Many” with Van Morrison associates including producer Mick Glossop, and experienced session musicians Kate St. John and Richie Buckley. Masterson’s work fit in nicely alongside albums by the new wave of folk-rock and alt-country artists led by Ryan Adams.
Uncut magazine featured Masterson’s “Same Sad Story” as the opening track of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” cover CD. He was also featured in Uncuts “White Riot Vol. Two: A Tribute to The Clash,” covering “Gates of The West.”
In 2008 Adam recorded a second album of material with producer Sean Genocky and in 2012 recorded an EP with producer Richard Causon at Real World Studios which was released in 2013.
Adam lives in London and has spent time writing and performing in New York City.