As Nashville based singer songwriter Adam Burrows wondered onto the stage at the popular Artree Live night at South Hill Park Arts Centre as part of his debut UK Tour, you could sense this was an artist to remember. As a songwriter and performer of singular accomplishment, Burrows’ warm and witty observations explore the beautiful landscapes found just beyond familiar horizons.
Adam’s formative years in his native Ohio prepared him to make a move to Nashville, and in the decade that’s since passed, the evidence has shown that it’s where he ought to be. He’s been spotlighted for his exceptional work at respected venues across the region, been nominated in annual song writing competitions, and maintained an honoured presence on radio programmers’ playlists, in Nashville and distant airwaves elsewhere.
Opening his set with the autobiographical “Chasing a Song”, Adam is unpretentious and conversational who offers songs that reflect his small town upbringing, celebrating the simplest of everyday moments in the words of characters that remain with you like old friends, as demonstrated in the “World’s largest Pumpkin” – a seasonal song that is both witty and charming. There is something very relaxed and engaging about his stage presence which soon washes over the audience and it is not long before this packed out crowd are whooping and hollering after each tune. Highlights included “House that is not right in the Head” , “Whale Watchers” and “Anywhere but Here”. Overall this was an excellent debut and I very much look forward to him returning to the UK.
Review by Steve Gray