Simplicity; that is the key, and also; honesty. If you take those two things and merge them together something very profound and beautiful is what will result. The music of, Albatross, (30 year old Adam Stockdale) focuses around this idea. In a world full of people trying their hardest to out-do each other in whatever way fashion dictates in that week, Albatross’, heartfelt and often philosophical songs offer some well needed relief. The masterly crafted tunes cut straight to the heart with lyrical themes rushing from love and life, but with added poignancy being brought to the table by the optimistic and inspiring message throughout. Often performed completely solo, accompanied by his astounding ‘finger-picked’ acoustic guitar, Albatross’ music is as real and honest as it comes. Like his heroes, John Martyn, Nick Drake and co. he understands that a truly great song will shine without fanciful dressing up.
2016 saw Adam play a number of shows, including the locally coveted Music City Roots, and become a regular on the airwaves of Nashville’s own Lightning 100. Recording for his next album “On The Run” was ongoing throughout the year, turning to a more “full band” set up, in the vein of Carole King and James Taylor. The record features Scott Avett, Jerry Douglas and Charlie McCoy, plus Mike Marsh and Paul Defiglia of the Avett Bros. on Drums and Bass and Kai Welch again on Keys. It is still based around the sincere subject matter and acoustic finger picking Albatross has become known for, but has grown into a wonderful full warm sound. The record is finished and should be out late 2017
All this aside, I will end the way I started. We live in a world awash with fakery, confusion and pretence. Our lives have become whirlwind emotional rides that often leave us seeking and desiring pure and simple truths; enter, Albatross, with some of the most heartfelt, direct, hopeful and above all, incredibly beautiful music you are likely to hear these days. Spread the word and free the bird!