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Adam Hurt: Earth Tones

Adam Hurt
Photo by Craig Evans / http://www.frailin.com

For Throwback Thursday, Fiddlefreak is time warping back about 4 years to the summer of 2010, when banjo picker Adam Hurt released Earth Tones. A collaboration between Adam and luthier David Hyatt with musician and recording engineer Paul Roberts, this little project has gotten under my skin and refused to let me put anything else into regular rotation. Gourd banjos are sick, no doubt about it, but this music sparkles with hints of West Africa and mesmerizes with relentless loops of oldtimey goodness. Something about this particular gourd banjo in the hands of this young master just takes the gourd to a new place I’ve never heard before. I dunno whose crazy idea it was to make a custom-grown bottle gourd into a two-headed wonder, but it sounds wonderful.

Earth Tones
Earth Tones

All tracks on Earth Tones feature a fretless gourd banjo handcrafted by David Hyatt of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Adam talks about his unique banjo in the video below. The first tune medley here comes from Buddy Thomas of Lewis County, Kentucky and the second tune from Walter McNew of Rockcastle County, Kentucky via Matt Brown and Mac Benford. Enjoy!

LISTEN: Old Beech Leaves / Sheep and Hogs Walking Through the Pasture

LISTEN: Black Jack Grove

One thought on “Adam Hurt: Earth Tones

  1. HEY ADAM,
    I AM YOUR AUNT SUE FROM DENVER, COLORADO ! 😀 MY HUSBAND JIM AND I GOOGLED YOUR WEBSITE TONIGHT AND YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!😀
    WE HAVE TRIED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH GRETA BUT HAVEN’T HAD ANY LUCK!!! JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT I THINK OF YOU OFTEN AND YOU ARE AMAZING !

    JUST TRYING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU IF YOU GAVE A MINUTE ! !!😀

    LAST TIME WE SAW YOU WE WERE IN DENVER AND HAD GONE TO LUNCH WITH YOU AND YOUR DAD AND OUR SON MICHAEL!!!😀WE HAD A GREAT TIME ! 😁
    IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE REALLY DOING WONDERFUL ! 😀

    EMAIL ME IF YOU GET A SECOND, I WOULD LOVE TO KEEP IN TOUCH!!!

    YOUR AUNT SUE,

    😀😀😀 SUE.D.RIED@GMAIL.COM!

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