If you’re not from Boston, Mass. or hail from any corner of New England, you may not have heard of singer/songwriter Adam Ezra. Over the course of his now decade-plus career, the hirsute folk rocker has been as omnipresent on the Hub music scene as Dickey Barrett stories or Peter Wolf sightings.
But just because you never wandered into the Paradise Rock Club, Brighton Music Hall or Middle East doesn’t mean you don't have a connection with Ezra.
The guy’s back catalog is the sound of summer festivals or college keggers, enjoyed barefoot in some off-campus backyard with a Solo cup of Busch Light. His clapping acoustic favorites are amendable to anyone claiming Dave Matthews or Carbon Leaf allegiance; and his bouncing, rustic performance vibe should be recognizable to anyone who has witnessed Americana mashed with growling blues—and accented with a smile.
But now touring on this year’s “Hurricane Wind”—featuring the New England Music Awards Song of the Year, “Let Your Hair Down”—the artist is stretching far past his Boston Harbor-based beginnings. The album features multiple songwriting collaborations with John Hall (of Hall & Oates), as well as a Nashville-tinged thrust not typically echoed throughout Ezra’s career. Together, they’re part of the evolving musician’s ongoing introduction to the uninitiated.
Adam Ezra Group will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 in the 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 day of show. (Ticketweb, Babeville Box Office)