The Road Not Taken is the new album release from Adam Beattie. Masterful songwriting with influences of jazz and blues create a cinematic feel to this fine collection of nine self-composed tracks and a co-write with Mairearad Green. The slow jazz beat of the opening track ‘The Man I’ve Become’ perfectly displays Adam’s heartfelt delivery and sets the tone for album.
From the blues-tones of ‘The Man Who Loves Too Much’ to the melancholy jazz ballad ‘Catch the Biggest Fish’ and ‘Let it Go’ via Turkish infused 5/4 groove ‘I’m On Your Side’, this really is an album to savour.
Co-produced by highly respected jazz musician Fred Thomas, the album was mostly recorded at his studio. Thomas studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music and is one of London’s most sought after multi-instrumentalists and composer/arranger/producers. He has worked with artists such as Lisa Knapp, Basquiat Strings and the CBSO.
Also appearing on the new album are Brooke Sharkey who supplies backing vocals, Marco Quarantotto drums, violins from Piotr Jordan and Fred Thomas plays all other instruments.
Scottish singer songwriter Adam Beattie’s “folk stews and dirty blues” mixes Celtic folk, American blues, country and early jazz balladry. Emotional but laced with wry humour, gentle but gutsy at the core, Adam’s beautiful melodies combine with inventive lyrics to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. His exquisite voice and intricate guitar work fuse to create an intoxicating musical experience.
Adam has created a breathtakingly beautiful sound that is all his own, and a show that has earned him support slots with the likes of Bert Jansch and Jolie Holland. His band, The Consultants is a fluid line up of musicians featuring piano, violin, double bass, French horn and drums. He is often joined by long-term collaborator and singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey.
Adam has been playing and recording since 2003 and has released three studio albums; Songs Of One Hundred Years (2012), We’ll Wave From The Shore (2009) and Abu Bozy (2006).
As well as extensive touring in the UK, Adam has toured in Germany, Ukraine, France, Italy, Cyprus, Holland and Belgium.
Artist’s website: http://www.adambeattie.com/
‘The Man That I’ve Become’ – official video: