Full Disclosure. I had the extreme good fortune of being able to distribute two of Adam’s albums on my very short lived record label a few years ago. When Adam first came to my attention, I was absolutely blown away at the perfect blending of subtlety and power in both his song writing and vocal style. So kick back and enjoy a brief conversation with someone who I consider a friend, even if we’ve only been in the same part of the world less than a handful of times.
BT: Adam, I’ve been watching you for years now. You are one of the hardest working, touring technically “indie” artists I’ve ever watched. It’s got to be hard on the personal life at times, but how has that touring helped you with your craft?
Adam: There’s the obvious, you’re writing some songs and playing something a hundred times, once a night. You really come back to the table as far as recording it later, really, really knowing it. Really knowing what people responded to, simply changing the melody a little bit here, going up a bit there. As far as performing every night, it kind of speaks for it’s self, practice makes perfect kind of thing. But you’re right, touring definitely excludes you from much of a personal life. Sometimes you’re left where that’s all you’ve got.
BT: I know you tour a lot in the states, but the last record (Blind Water finds Blind Water) started gaining some attention over seas, you’ve gone over twice or three times now?
Adam: Twice, Actually the record before last (More Like a Temple) got some attention somehow. Now this last record, got picked up by Rough Trade for distribution, and my next record will be on Rough Trade in Europe for Distribution, so at least it’ll be in record stores. But yeah, just got back from Europe, Germany, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Czech and it was great, a great time with great crowds and people really seemed to respond to it, and it was nice (laughs).
BT: Do you find being overseas that people are a bit more receptive to what you’re doing?
Adam: It’s hard to say because I was on the road with Austin Lucas who has toured over there many, many times so he’s sort of already blazed a trail. There was a contingency of people that were there for me every night, but at large, the room was there for him. I would win some over and they would buy records from me too. But it’s really hard to say. Because touring is really so weird. There’s so much really at play there it’s really hard to say. A regular night in the states is as good as a regular night over there. They do respond a little different, they are a bit more of a listening crowd, which does help.
BT: From a songwriting perspective, being southern, being dark, you tend to write from a place that someone like Flannery O’Conner would appreciate. Where do your stories come from?
Adam: Well, they come from my life really. I like the South, I don’t know. They directly come from the pages of my life, I don’t really feel bad (laughs). I really don’t fit into the good ol’ boy culture that well. So I guess my point of view is coming from a different place, plus I really just like folk music. Of course growing up and living in Arkansas most of my life has got to be a huge influence, but I feel that I live pretty well in an artsy bubble with the people I hang around. The songs are more Adam Faucett than they are Southern and whatever that means I don’t know, because I guess I’m pretty southern myself.
BT: I was asked the other day how to describe you when I said we were going to do the interview, and I said, the best way to describe you in my point of view is that you’re a big bearded, whisky drinking, hard southern dark story teller.
Adam: (laughing) that seems to be the case.
BT: Back to the songs, coming from a personal perspective with them. Is there one or two you find harder to sing, or is there one that you look forward to putting into the set as a personal favorite?
Adam: At one point all the songs are very personal, and I’m excited to always to play the new stuff. Right now, the songs off the record I’m working on right now are the ones that I really look forward to putting into the set, because that’s what I’m living now. To see how people will react and all that. At one point or another every song was at that stage. Right now I’ve got about seven songs from the new record, which is basically half the set. These are my favorite times to be touring, the end of one record cycle and gearing up for the next, because I have all this material that nobody knows and people might be hollering out for some old stuff, and I’ll get it out if I remember it. Nothings really hard to play at least emotionally. I kind of feel like a lot of those things are hard to say if I don’t have to say where they really came from. They’re easier saying in the confines of a song, than just said.
BT: You said you’ve got seven new songs in your set, Blind Water is almost two years old, when do you expect to drop the new record?
Adam: 2017, I don’t know exactly when. It has a lot to do with the label, but I doubt I’ll be done mixing it before the end of the year. Not this year, and if it comes out any later than 17 then I’m screwed. So lets say 2017 (laughs)