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Thursday 20 June 2024

On Their New Album Brighton-Bound Adeem The Artist Has Delivered A Statement Of Empathy, Humour, & Deep Introspection

Tapping into the sound of Piedmont Blues, culminating in a tribute to the soul of the South, country music's Adeem The Artist releases new album Anniversary - prior to a late summer date in Brighton.
Credit Hannah Bingham

Growing up, Adeem the Artist quickly realised that with the right delivery, dark jokes could offer a socially acceptable way to open up about the tough stuff. 

Of course, since before 2021's Cast-Iron Pansexual—the album that earned Adeem the Artist praise for its examination of faith, sexual identity, and self-acceptance; Adeem the Artist has continued to build a dedicated following by blending Appalachian musical influences and poetic flair with their healthy dose of comedic instinct.

Recorded live to tape over five days at The Butcher Shop (Nashville, TN) and produced by Butch Walker (Taylor Swift, Frank Turner) with the musicianship of Megan Coleman, Nelson Williams, Ellen Angelico, Jessye DeSilva, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Katie Pruitt, the twelve-song collection is a statement of empathy, humour, and deep introspection.

"It's wild to listen to some of the early Country versus Piedmont Blues stuff and how much race is used to draw red lines around genre access," says Adeem The Artist, the East Tennessee-based songwriter whose family settled in the lower Piedmont region way back when. 

Initially, Adeem was unsure about exploring the genre for that reason alone, but a growing obsession with Piedmont Blues led to them plugging into some sense of their ancestry in the region and drawing influence directly from greats like Blind Boy Fuller and Brownie McGhee for  string of songs from an artist who uses their platform to spotlight some of the unsung voices of Country music's past and present.

Producer Butch Walker's ability to blend sounds from classic to contemporary, commercial to experimental, gives Adeem license to play with a range of musical styles on Anniversary, while still remaining tethered to country and roots music. 

Fittingly, Anniversary also arrives on the date of Adeem's marriage to their spouse Hannah, bringing with it a heightened sense of intimacy and urgency from a songwriter whose work is characterised by fearless, incisive lyric writing. 

Adeem The Artist  plays the Hope & Ruin, Brighton, on 25th August 2024. For tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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