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Adam Hood (from the album Bad Days Better available on Southern Songs Records) (by Lee Zimmerman)
‘Finally got a line to the man himself/Dealing with the devil’s been hard as hell/Now I’m doing business with Jesus’ Adam Hood sings on “Business With Jesus”, the second song on his euphemistic new album, Bad Days Are Better, a set of songs that find an optimism that’s admittedly rather rare these days.
At least that’s the initial impression. Adam Hood isn’t simply a Pollyanna. His songs can be tough and tenacious, as evidenced by tracks like “Throw Me a Line” and “Harder Stuff”. A seasoned singer/songwriter whose material has been covered by such superstars as Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Travis Tritt, Riley Green, Whiskey Myers, Anderson East, Lee Ann Womack, and Brent Cobb, among the many, he also shares the sentiment succinctly. ‘I feel like a rock with nowhere to roll’ he admits on the otherwise upbeat “Speed of the South”.
So too, “Flesh and Blood” continues that dynamic trajectory, and with Brent Cobb behind the boards and members of Blackberry Smoke serving in his backing band, it’s little surprise that the dramatic delivery continues unabated. By his own description, Hood tackles the ‘the Soulful side of Southern music, the Country side of Southern music, the genuineness of Southern culture…’ and for the most part he makes good on that promise. Even in the midst of the sway and twang that engulfs a song like “Low Road” in particular, he manages to embellish his approach from a personal perspective. Consequently, that edgy attitude, grit and gravitas stand in marked contrast to the giddy persona Hood purveyed earlier on.
Nevertheless, it all works well, serving to substantiate the fact that ultimately, Hood’s a well-rounded artist who remains true to his roots and down-home designs. There may be bad days that need to be bettered — there are no shortage in today’s world — but Adam Hood’s desire to find the daylight offers hope we can all work our way through as well. (by Lee Zimmerman)
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