"One Week In April" 

I wrote this song in the day the following John Prine's death. We had just settled into the realities of our current pandemic situation, the loss of jobs, the death of Bill Withers, and then the great John Prine due to complications from Covid-19. Two of my songwriting heros gone in span of 8? days and life as I knew it no longer the same....I plan on including this song on the upcoming album tentatively titled "The Love We Were Born"; due August of 2020.

Lyrics:

I’m feeling claustrophobic as I’m sure you are too. Been stuck in this apartment trying to invent things to do.

So I sleep through the morning and wake up half past noon. I’ve lived through many a thing but nothing quite like this flu.

I know we’re all in this together; separately apart. But life is still wondrous when you open up your heart.

And pancakes for dinner. And making love for lunch. Things could be a whole lot worse like a day without your touch.

Ain’t no sunshine since you’ve gone to Paradise with John. A bizarre week it’s been, I hope we never meet again.

Baby I’m glad you recovered. I’m not angry or making blame. I know we’ll love one another in another time and another place

For the mailman always delivers like the sun shines above. I know we’ll love again for in this process I trust.

So don’t be hard on yourself. I know you’re not to blame. We’ll meet again soon, on that higher plane.

©2020 Pholk Souljah Music/ASCAP words and music by Adam Lopez

TrueLife Podcast with George Monty 

Hello everyone! I wanted to share this podcast with you. It's called TrueLife and is hosted by my old friend George Monty. 

I was fortunate enough to be a guest (his first !) last weekend and wanted to share it with you here. If you're not a Spotify user, I do believe it's on other platforms such as Apple/iTunes.

I hope everyone is doing well during these trying times (we talk a lot about keeping positive right now ;) and I hope to be 'out there' making music for you all real soon. In the meantime, the new acoustic album is almost finished and I'm working on building some online content for you to enjoy as well as new merchandise.

Anyone interest in a monthly subscription to get access to all the new upcoming albums, merch, special online content, and more?

It's something being brainstormed over at headquarters at the moment...

Be well everyone! Talk soon,

~Lopez

In Honor of James Hand  

I heard the news of James' passing the morning of June 9th, 2020. I sat down shortly thereafter and this is the song that passed through me. I always felt a kinship with James. Maybe we had an understanding about some of the things brewing beneath the surface that we both shared.... Rest easy James and thank you.... ~Lopez 

**The audio version of "The Troubled Man" is the very first time the song I played the song from start to finish. The video version is the 2nd. I think that's a unique pair of captures and I hope you all enjoy and appreciate seeing where the song goes as it matures! 

***This is NOT a song necessarily about James. It just happens to be what funneled through me upon hearing about his passing. It's written totally and completely out of respect for a man and friend that I held in high regard. Remember, it's just 'art' ;)

The Acoustic Album; Vol. 1 

As the writing happens like a raging river and there's no dam to stifle it, the songs just 'happen'. Gifts from another dimension perhaps. Really good songs. Really really good songs even. At least I think so, but what do I know... They are not mine. I am just the vessel. A proud vessel I am and so very grateful to be the conduit to these songs being sent out into the cosmos for other plants and animals and energies to enjoy.

Multiple albums. 9 songs each. 

Vol. 1 coming soon.....

~Lopez

 

Free Love 

I've been writing a ton of new songs lately. Here's one from late 2019 that I want to share with you as it's also my entry to Recording King Guitars' songwriting competition.

It's written from a female and male perspective in each of the two verses/choruses. They are both a bit jaded. Maybe they are both a bit over trying to find their 'person', but somewhere in their letting go, find something even greater than imagined. It's a metaphor for life perhaps.

I hope you enjoy!

Free Love

She said go out and find what you need.

Even if that doesn't include me.

This world is a vast and scary place to be. 

So she said find a love that makes you feel free. 

You're the one for me I know. Because my heart tells me so. And my worries and pain all just disappear. 

And I sleep better at night when your arms hold me tight. The door is open, but nowhere would I rather be. For you are the love that makes me feel free.

 

He says I'll worship you, and adore;

all your quirks and then I'll love you some more.

I know we're both doing fine on our own, 

but your presence makes me feel right at home.

You're the one for me I know. Because the signs all tell me so. And my inner child comes back to life.

And I sleep better at night when our bodies are pressed up tight. And I wake from my dreams to a love that makes me feel free.

You are the dream that makes me feel free.

Yes you are the love that makes me feel free.

 

Words and music by Edward Adam Lopez

©2020 Pholk Souljah Music/ASCAP

 

 

A new single, a free download, and some reflection.... 

I'll be posting a new song from my solo acoustic sessions next week. It will be available for free download here on the site and I will continue to post new songs that follow. It will essentially be the new album, but I'll be delivering the songs to you one at a time. I'm inspired and enjoying the recording process of trying each song in multiple styles and feels, so there may be some different versions of the same songs made available as well. We'll see how it feels!

Upon some reflection and random internet rabbit holing; I stumbled upon this great piece on Jay Dee Manness. Steel guitar maestro. I've been lucky to play on stage alongside Mr. Manness as well as some of the folks mentioned in the article. 

It still blows my mind where this life has taken me. It's all been amazing and beautiful and I'm extremely grateful. Even during the toughest of times; with some reflection, you realize that you were alive during those tough times. You were given the gift of breath and light. Despite the situations, you are still here. Still alive. Still getting to experience experiences on this amazing planet. 

That $7 guitar with three missing strings from Gemco... who would've ever thought it would lead to all this.

Life is amazing folks. Gratitude for all of it will always serve you best.

Wishing you all well!
Adam

 

 

February 2020?!?  

Wow. We're already halfway through the second month of 2020?!? Amazing.

I figured it was time for an update. The #MondayMorningCoffee and Bob Wills Wednesdays have temporarily been set aside the last couple weeks as I've been working hard at prioritizing some new audio recordings.

I have some 15 'full band' tunes demoed that I am trying to finish so that I can make them available for sale here on the website. Some are tunes from 2010's "Rock & Roll Is My Super Power" that have been rearranged and rerecorded in the same style; with myself performing all the sounds you hear on the recordings! It's something I've always been inspired to do since I was probably 10 years old with a cheap Price Club tape recorder. I think it's the JJ Cale and Stevie Wonder influence ;)

Also on the 'to do' list are a series of solo acoustic guitar and vocal recordings.

For many years in my late teens/early 20s (and to this day) I was obsessed with prewar country blues artists as well as latter day singer songwriter/folk/acoustic guitarists and singers. Folks like Ted Hawkins, Corey Harris, and Alvin Youngblood Hart. There is also the country side of that coin that includes the likes of Jimmie Rogers and Merle Travis.

To me all these cats are really the same side of the same coin. Country, blues, country blues...it's really just American music about the human experience to me.

My goal is to bridge the gap of that solo guitarist/vocalist mold with my favorite eras of bands led by Bob Wills and Ray Price. That 'Bob Wills Two Beat'. That 'Ray Price Shuffle'. I hope to capture that feel and energy as a solo act. I've touched on it over the years; folks have shown up to my solo acoustic shows to dance; but I'm taking the proper time currently to really find my groove with it.

While all the aforementioned cats are in the same mold as far as I'm concerned, the one thing that made/makes each one unique is their feel. Their personal stamp on rhythm. They don't play 'blues or 'country'; they play themselves. They are exposed and totally vulnerable but their personalities shine through. Their inner essence comes out. At their best, they just make music and words do to that music no justice when it comes to definitions.

I'm working towards that. My own songs. My own style of guitar picking. My own style of vocalizing. My own way of connecting with those that care to be connected with.

I hope to have demos of the new recordings posted soon and a final album for sale here on the site shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, I'll keep working towards the vision and get back to posting some videos for you all to get glimpses into the journey.

I hope everyone is well! Happy lover's day!

Lopez

 

 

 

Visit Pagosa Springs, CO! 

I had the great pleasure of performing at Motel SoCo in Pagosa Springs this past Sunday. What a fantastic place! Great cabin style rooms surrounded by the beautiful town and scenery of Pagosa Springs as well as great bar. The staff and patrons were all extremely friendly and I would recommend anyone looking for an adventure to visit the motel and town of Pagosa Springs. For those of you interested in fueling yourself with only the best nutrients and tastes, make sure you stop by the Juice Goddess while you're in town as well! 

What a great time in Pagosa Springs!
 

Bob Wills Wednesday Ep.4 "San Antonio Rose" 

This is a tough one for me for some reason. In rehearsal, it's great but when the video starts rolling I seem to lose a bit of my mojo :/ I think it's worthy of a share though as like all tunes, it's always a work in progress. I hope you enjoy!