Adam Masterson
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Adam Masterson

London, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2014

London, England, United Kingdom
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Rock Singer/Songwriter

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"LISTEN TO THE RYAN"

“At only two weeks old, the Speaking In Tongues EP has already become my bittersweet soundtrack for
2012. Adam’s voice has transitioned into something more raw, soulful and mature. That distinct, ethereal
Masterson style is ever-present, and the lyrics are sufficiently obscure to enable the listener to supply his
or her own interpretations. I hope the CD artwork includes this beautiful, somewhat esoteric poetry
in print” - LISTEN TO THE RYAN


"IS THIS MUSIC"

“Adam Masterson is a London-based singer-songwriter who captures what musicians in his ilk endeavour
to reach; a compelling mix of upbeat harmonics and deep, thoughtful lyrics. It’s refreshing to come
across a unique, distinctive voice that evokes a rollercoaster of emotions, as many before have tried,
but with, in my opinion, not very much success. With most ‘one man and his guitar’ offerings, the result is
often too much similarity, but the variety of ‘One Tale Too Many’ is a great achievement, one which is
becoming harder and harder to come by.” - IS THIS MUSIC


"CITYSHOWCASE"

"One Tale Too Many" is a debut album to restore your faith in the art of great songwriting. It is a pop
album - in the way that Neil Finn once defined pop as "an appreciation of simple, elegant melodies
over interesting chords". But it's also a timeless record. Adam stands in a tradition that unites songwriters
who have followed their muse regardless of fad and fashion or the demand for hit singles. Songs that
could be dropped down in any time or place and which would strike a deep and resonant chord. It
seems extraordinary that a record as mature, natural and deeply romantic as "One Tale Too Many" can
arrive as if out of nowhere.” - CITYSHOWCASE


"UNCUT"

“If this sold-out tour has seen Gilmore come of age, it's clearly had a similar effect on her support act,
Adam Masterson. Accompanied only by his acoustic guitar and an electric bass, his voice has taken
on a gloriously rich, sandpapered quality only hinted at on his debut album, One Tale Too Many. Forget
the likes of Pete Yorn and John Mayer. In Masterson, we have a homegrown talent who wipes the floor
with the lot of them.” - UNCUT MAGAZINE


"LUCID CULTURE"

“Two hours and three sets later, he’d made a fan of everyone who’d braved the rain. What a discovery
this guy is: you should see him. He’s British, sounding a lot like a young, pre-delirium tremens Shane
MacGowan, casting himself as an acoustic punk gutter poet of sorts. Most of his vivid, hook-driven tales
of life among the down-and-out take place in “twisted nightmare alleys past rotten rags and
half-chewed chicken bones,” to quote a line from one of his songs. He delivers them in a hoarse,
soul-inflected voice (which rang especially true on a rousing cover of Sam Cooke’s Change Is Gonna
Come). Masterson is a rock band type at heart, but he’s a passionate performer and an uncommonly
intelligent songwriter and for that reason very much worth seeing play solo. - LUCID CULTURE


Discography

'One Tale Too Many' LP BMG 2003

'Same Sad Story' single bmg 2003,

'Sunlight Song' single bmg 2003

'We'll Go Walking' radio play smooth fm U.K


"Speaking In Tongues" Released: Apr 02, 2013 2013 Adam Masterson

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Adam Masterson is a west London musician. His debut album One Tale Too Many was released on Gravity/BMG. It received much critical praise. Signed by Nick Stewart and produced by Mick Glossop, One Tale Too Many featured many Van Morrison alumni and session musicians in the production.

Adam stands in a tradition that unites songwriters who have followed their muse regardless of fad and fashion or the demand for hit singles. Songs that could be dropped down in any time or place and which would strike a deep and resonant chord. It seems extraordinary that a record as mature, natural and deeply romantic as "One Tale Too Many" can arrive as if out of nowhere.

To support the album Adam opened shows for The Stereophonics at Earls Court and the Cardiff Millennium Stadium and headlined a City Showcase event at Londons Borderline sharing the bill with Amy Winehouse. He also supported Tori Amos and toured the US and UK with Philadelphia-based band Marah.

Uncut magazine featured Adams Same Sad Story as the opening track of Only Love Can Break Your Heart cover CD. He was also featured in Uncuts White Riot Vol. Two A Tribute To The Clash covering Gates of The West.

Since his debut album One Tale Too Many, Adam has also performed with Mick Jones of The Clash, Patti Smith, and Joseph Arthur.

In 2008 Adam recorded a second album of material with producer Sean Genocky and in 2012 recorded an EP with producer Richard Causon at Real world Studios which was released in 2013.

Adam lives in London but has spent time writing and performing in New York City.


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