Todd Adelman’s forthcoming 2024 release Western Soul, is a fourteen-song prescription for what ails The American Dream. It’s as if Adelman has checked the vitals, extracted a little blood & scrutinized our diet of political chaos, rampant illness & overwhelming violence & recommended something honest & straight from the gut. Western Soul is a batch of songs borne right out of the American Songwriting Tradition. An homage & a tribute to all those great records we know & love & feel like have been with us from the start. Like the mythical country singer Bad Blake says, “that’s the way it is with the good ones, you’re sure you’ve heard ‘em before”. &, like his predecessors, Petty & Kristofferson & Prine, Adelman is a Keeper of the Keys. An honest Rock ‘n’ Roller. A Country Gentleman. A Storyteller. Straight to the heart. Without pretension or meanness, just an interest in writing a song. A good one. & that’s what Adelman does over & over again.
With seven albums under his belt, Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Engineer, Todd Adelman has arrived in the Catskills via Colorado & built a studio in the woods simply called: The Woods. A place reminiscent of where all your favorite records were made. Tape machines & vintage gear &, if you listen closely, the voices of those that came before. It was here in this new, old space, Adelman recorded Western Soul, straight to tape with the help of some choice friends. The record was produced by Woodstock Producer/Musician Danny Blume with production assistance given to bassist Taras Prodaniuk and guitarist Doug Pettibone. Veteran Jim Christie joins them on the drums. Both Christie & Prodaniuk have played with: Dwight Yoakum, Lucinda Williams & Merle Haggard. Pettibone has played with Lucinda Williams, Zucchero, Marianne Faithful and Vic Chestnut to name a few. Throw in some Woodstock locals such as Larry Campbell, John Medeski, Pete Rubens, Tony Garnier, and Brian Mitchell & you have quite a stew.
You would think one would rest easy with building a studio that rivals any of the legendary studios in the area & writing & recording a new record… but while all of that was happening, Adelman has quietly put together a top-notch band called The Woodsmen. Adelman on vocals & guitar, Danny Blume (Kid Creole & the Coconuts) on guitar, Jeff Hill (Steve Earle & The Dukes) on bass & John Valesio (Mars America) on drums. The band has assembled enough songs to enter the studio in early 2024 to begin recording a new record.
It’s no surprise really. To spend time with Adelman is to spend time with an old friend. Easy to talk to. Thoughtful & funny. A great listener & calming presence. He talks about making records & making friends & building relationships & how it’s all kind of the same thing. He talks about meeting someone & not knowing them from Adam & by the time they have finished making a record together they have a bond that can’t be broken & they are as close as kin, even though they may never see each other again. Adelman possesses that tough skin only serious producers have. He gives it to you straight. He seems to want to get to the bottom of it. The truth of it. He wants to hear the song the artist is trying to write & he wants to get it down before it leaves the room. A ghost hunter trying to summon the true spirit evoked & bring it here among the living so we can learn & heal & be together.
Spend some time with Todd Adelman. Listen to one of his records. Visit him in his studio, or catch him live, solo or with his phenomenal band. It’s all the same thing. He will make you a true believer. You will know you’ve met him somewhere before & you’ve heard his tunes, maybe in another place or another bar or another life?
– Bio by Marc Delgado