Adam Hammer and Dave Cofell

Adam Hammer and Dave Cofell

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Progressive folk, blues and "black and blues" from the upper Midwest. Voted Best Original Band/Musician in the St. Cloud Times' 2011 annual Best of Central Minnesota reader's poll.

Biography

Adam Hammer and Dave Cofell are no strangers to taking the spotlight solo with their infectious songs and stories. But when the two team up to split the bill, something incredible happens.

Somewhere along the line between Hammer’s intricate finger-style guitar playing and fluid lyrics, and Cofell’s heartfelt vocals and folky blues style, two acoustic worlds collide. The result is often unexpected and always memorable.

The duo was voted Best Original Band/Musician in the St. Cloud Times' annual Best of Central Minnesota reader's poll in March 2011 with more than 60 percent of the total vote.

Hammer has lived a life well beyond his years and it all comes through in song. His story is one of fatherhood, homelessness, love, addiction, recovery, pain, comfort and unity told in front of a backdrop of his own unique style of "tattooed folk" – melodic acoustic music, highlighted by an indescribable aggression.

After more than a decade of performing with hard rock and alternative bands in front of crowds ranging from three to 30,000, Hammer went solo and taught himself his unique finger-picking style while living in Nashville in 2002. He has released three solo EPs, including 2008’s “Tattooed Folk EP” and “From the Basement,” which hit the shelves in August 2010. “From the Basement” was a preview of things to come from his upcoming solo full-length due out March 2012 and the Adam Hammer & the Impact "black and blues" side project release, the "Let It Burn" EP which hit the shelves Jan. 25, 2011. Cofell also is a member of the Impact on slide guitar and harmonica.

Cofell has been a fixture of the Minnesota music scene for more than three decades. His vast repertoire spans from folk to blues to rock to roots and even a dash of country. He started performing solo and with bands in high school in the early 1980s and has since toured throughout the Midwest with shows at some of Minnesota’s top venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis and Stephen B. Humphrey Auditorium in Collegeville. He also has toured Europe with a sold out performance in Hamburg, Germany.

Cofell is a prolific songwriter who most recently showcased his abilities on his debut solo CD “The Road Ahead” in 2009.

Hammer and Cofell first put their efforts together in 2009 after meeting at open mic night at The Local Blend in St. Joseph, Minn., a weekly event they now co-host with a mission to build community through sharing music. They also have taken to touring throughout Minnesota with close to 100 shows per year together. In August 2011, they created the "Weekend of Songs: Songwriters Festival" that brought the big three-day outdoor music festival feel inside the intimate setting of The Local Blend. The now annual event features three days of concerts, open mics, meet-ups and jam sessions celebrating songs and songwriting.

Memorable Minnesota venues they have performed at include the Pioneer Place on Fifth Theater in St. Cloud, the Rochester Art Center in Rochester, Glacial Ridge Winnery's summer concert series in Spicer and dozens of coffee shops, lounges, clubs and outdoor music series.

Their show follows a song-for-song format where they back each other up on a mix of original progressive folk, blues and their own blend of "black and blues." Hammer and Cofell also throw in a few choice cover songs and remade renditions of familiar tunes.

Lyrics

The Drive

Written By: Adam Hammer

I don't know how I keep going, yeah
When the wagon slows
Broke down, wooden wheel
Falling off
On the side of the road
Calling out waiting for the messenger
To help me see
The messenger come carrying an awful smile
And a bottle for me
He says, "Take it, you'll be just fine"

Chorus
But I don't want to creep
I don't want to dig down too deep
I'm alright
I'm a liar
I can't sleep

I'm a stranger in this town
Where I come from
Been down this road
Down, down, down, down
Down and numb
I stand up and shout, "Hallelujah," hey
And taste the sea
The salt on my lips don't stay no
But it'll set me free
I said, "I'll take it, I'll be just fine"

Chorus

Now come ride with me I'll be
Your driver in the passenger seat
Cussing and spitting 'bout the other ones
Singing "Silently, Silently"
And I know I won't right myself
I'm better just to leave it alone
Cover me down in the cold concrete
Better as the man stone
Now go and just leave me alone
I'm better as the man of stone

I don't know how I keep going, yeah
When the river runs dry
And the shakes don't calm me down, no
And the fever runs high
I'm calling out waiting for the messenger
To come for me
He stands up and shouts, "Calm down boy
I'm gonna set you free"
I said, "I'll take it, I'll be just fine"

Chorus

Let It Burn

Written By: Adam Hammer

There's a fire in my belly
And it burns
Like the devil with his hand
On the curse
A spark in this one-horse town
A phoenix falling to the ground
We're gonna burn, burn, burn it down
We're gonna burn, burn, burn it down

I've been lost and I've been found
I've been cheated, I've been crowned
I've raised a toast to the noble host
Who's holding hands with the holy ghost
I looked down with those bright blue eyes
And said, "I see the devil inside"
So call in the wrecker
I've assaulted the preacher
I'm the villain that you want me to be

Chorus
There's a fire in my belly
And it burns
Like the devil with his hand
On the curse
A spark in this one-horse town
A phoenix falling to the ground
We're gonna burn, burn, burn it down
We're gonna burn, burn, burn it down

Throwing fists in the air
Stomp your boots like the devil may care
Yeah, stoke the fire
Keep it burning, burning red
He looked up with the fear in his eyes
And said, "I see the devil inside"
So call in the wrecker
I've assaulted the preacher
I'm the villain that you want me to be

Chorus

You know it takes one spark
And we're gonna let it burn
Baby gonna let it burn, burn
Baby gonna let it burn

Chorus

Discography

Adam Hammer solo releases
- "From the Basement" EP (2010)
- "Tattooed Folk EP" (2008)
- "Figments EP" (2005)

Dave Cofell solo releases
- "The Road Ahead" (2009)

Adam Hammer & the Impact
- "Let It Burn" EP (2011)

Set List

-- Adam Hammer originals --
Scars for Diamonds
Say Do You
Walking Home (Alone)
Starshine
Scared Alive
The Drive
Underwater Love Song
Wind-Up Heart
Cottonwood Waltz
Tumblin’ Down
Death of Me
Broken Like You
Hero Down
Let It Burn
Ballad of Lucy
Good Night

-- Dave Cofell originals --
One of Three
Castles in the Sky
Foggy Morning
The Fridge Song
Essence
The Escape
Cheatin’ Song
Beat & Blue
Mellow Down
No Substitute (For You)
The Hitchhiker
Mountain Song
The Road Ahead
Stella
Leela's New Shoes

-- Cover songs --
King of the Road
Deep River Blues
The Regular
Chocolate Jesus
See that My Grave is Kept Clean
All Your Love
Do Re Me
Jack A Roe
Summertime
It Looks Like I'm Up Shit Creek Again
Halleluiah
Sesame Street
Where Is My Mind?
You Don't Mess Around With Jim
Excitable Boy

...and more