Thoughtful arrangement, imaginative lyrics, and moving melodies are essential elements for a singer-songwriter, and Adam Whipple possesses them in spades. “There’s a dirt road in my heart and I will follow it ‘til dark to somewhere,” he tells us, and we believe him despite his innocent posture. Because we know our own hearts and the dark roads we ourselves often follow. Unafraid of big questions and wary of easy answers, Adam is the kind of writer whose words ring in your ears long after the music dies.
Adam's freshman debut, Old Skin Horse, layers harmonica, guitar and piano with ease, proving his deft musical talent, but it’s the blend of emotional truth telling and sincere honest vocals that draw the listener in.
And it’s obvious with Adam’s latest album, Letters from Sinclair’s Eve, that his gifts are only continuing to grow. His penchant for lyrical poetry has matured into polished storylines and clearer images, while his knack for complex musicality has also gained a sharper focus. This is music which seeks not only to entertain, but to genuinely encounter all who would stop to listen. And the souls who slow down enough to hear will benefit most of all.
-Janna Barber, Knoxville