|Tags:||blues soul drjazzmrfunkmusic funk rhythm and blues|
|Decades:||1970s 1990s 2000s|
Medon, Tennessee, USA. Adams learned to play guitar from his mother by copying her finger positions, and formed a band with his cousins called the Gospel Travellers, which toured Tennessee and Arkansas. However, the band broke up and Adams attention turned to education. He won a work scholarship to Tennessee State University to study singing, but left after only three months. In 1959, he started hanging out with musicians at the Club Baron in Nashville. Inspired, he bought a guitar and amplifier from a pawn shop and toured with Jimmy Becks band. It seemed as if Adams future was assured when the band supported Gene Allison on a subsequent tour. However, Allison abandoned the band in Dallas after an argument with a promoter. Adams regained his confidence through the support of fellow musicians, and began playing the Empire Room and other clubs. During this time, he made several R&B singles with different record companies, including Jamie...