Who?: Dee Adams is a songwriter and singer of considerable aplomb. Though her music is rooted essentially in folk, Adams differentiates herself from the flock in significant ways.
First and foremost, she is a remarkable singer with a bluesy, earthy vocal tone that is not found in much female-fronted folk.
Also, Adams' attention to musical detail -- the voicing of chords; the subtle movement through periods of tension and release in her chord progressions; the care put into the selection of harmonies -- further separates her from many of her troubadour peers.
Perhaps all of this has to do with the fact that Adams is also a jazz singer, and as such, is a musician familiar with both sophistication and nuance in composition and performance.
What's new?: A self-produced, full-band recording, to be called "Widow," is being assembled.
What's next?: Adams runs an open-mic night at the Sportsmen's Tavern on most Mondays. She'll be there beginning at 9 p.m. every Monday in February. Musicians are encouraged to bring songs and instruments to the proceedings. All are welcome.
Check out: www.deeadams.com; www.myspace.com/deeadams; www.reverbnation.com/deeadams.
-- Jeff Miers