Hardest Kind of Memories from Brandon Lee Adams

hardest_kindBluegrass singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brandon Lee Adams has released his first full-length album, Hardest Kind Of Memories.

10 of the 11 tracks are Brandon’s, and he is assisted in the studio by top grassers like Scott Vestal on banjo, Randy Kohrs on resonator guitar, and Luke Bulla on fiddle. The material is mainstream contemporary bluegrass, produced by Adams with a crisp, modern feel, and he sings them with conviction.

As a guitarist, Brandon is very much of the Tony Rice school, and this new CD includes Rice himself on Adams’ I Long for Seventeen, recorded a few years ago when Tony’s guitar chops were still strong.

Brandon says that tracking with Tony was a big moment for him.

“Tony did all the cool stuff on I Long for Seventeen. We cut that one live side by side in the studio. No click track. No vocal tuning. Just live and raw. I’m most proud of that one.

Every Rice brother had a hand in it: Tony played on the song, Wyatt mixed it, and Ron Rice did the mastering.

I got in touch with Wyatt through Tony and Pam Rice. He is amazing with what he can do in a studio playing and mixing. Wyatt introduced me to Ron, who is equally amazing with mastering. I’ve never met such a talented family. I feel blessed to know them.”

Hardest Kind Of Memories is available now from CD Baby or iTunes, and on CD from FYE and Sam Goody’s.

Radio programmers can download tracks digitally from Airplay Direct.

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