"Adam Stern definitely shattered all preconceptions of what a lead guitarist can be" -- Westword

Is it ambient electronica? Nashville twang? Philadelphia hardbop? Jazzfunk? Rockabilly? R&B? Those questions revolve around the new instrumental album from Colorado's Adam Stern and the answer is “yes." The 10-song album is entitled High Country Gentleman and is the second solo release (the first being 2009's Twang Shui) from a musician the Colorado Music Buzz called “one of Colorado's most interesting and versatile guitar players."

Despite its array or styles, High County Gentleman is not a “guitar" album crammed with hot licks top to bottom. “My goal has always been to make instrumental music that regular people can relate to," Stern says. “Just because there's no singing doesn't mean these can't be real songs based on life experiences." Towards that end, “Numbers 7:89" is a celestial blend of Daniel Lanois and David Lynch anchored by Stern's tremolo'd-out hollowbody guitar. “Expolitics" recalls vintage Return To Forever with it's daunting odd-time sections jutting off into playful renaissance melodies. Other highlights are the haunting slow blues “Buchanan/Bloomfield" and the G-funk smooth-jazz jam “Geomancy." Just when you start to get lulled into thinking this will be a “mood" CD you get slammed by a Mack truck of hyper-speed chicken pickin' in “Locked Up" and the Brian Setzer-meets-Zakk Wylde mayhem of “Progabilly."

Truly a “late bloomer" in music who didn't play his first gig until one month after his 30th birthday, Stern is currently one of the busiest musicians in Colorado, averaging about 160 gigs a year. Aside from Adam Stern And High Country Gentlemen, the live performance vehicle for his original music, he has been a sideman for hire on solo projects by members of bands such as Leftover Salmon, Oakhurst, and Hot Rod Circuit. Now he also plays pedal steel along with guitar making him a true “double threat" as he continues to be a freelance musician with assorted Colorado country artists as well as Widespread Panic alumni Sam Holt.

Adam Stern has opened for Dickey Betts, Jimmy Herring, New Mastersounds, Karl Denson, David Allan Coe, Johnny Hickman (Cracker), New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Foghat. He's played onstage with Mike Gordon of Phish, Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Ronnie McCoury from Del McCoury Band, Bernie Worrell and Eric McFadden from P-Funk and Melvin Seals from Jerry Garcia Band. He has been “bubbling under the radar" for some time now, but hopefully that will soon change with the release of High Country Gentleman. As one Denver journalist recently stated, “Ladies and Gentleman, I think we may have the next Steely Dan/Medeski Martin Wood here in our backyard."

Adam Stern discography:

2018-- Bison Bone, Take Up The Trouble

2017-- EJ Bisiar, Evergreen Trail

2016-- Casey James Prestwood And The Burning Angels, The Best Of The Early Years (compilation)

2015-- Ben Marshal, Songs About Living -- Songs About Dying

2014-- Cowboy Dave, Driven Man

2013-- EJ Bisiar, "Good Mornin', Good Mornin'" single

2013-- Robby Peoples, Love Don't Love Me No More

2012-- Sam Holt Band, Southern Angels

2011-- Adam Stern, High Country Gentleman

2011-- Chris Webb Band, So Many Days

2010-- "Hot Rod," soundtrack for theatrical production by Pioneer Drama Service

2010-- Chadzilla, View From The Back Seat

2009-- Adam Stern, Twang Shui

2009-- Bill McKay, Bill McKay

2009-- Eric Hood, Off The Train

2009-- Casey James Prestwood And The Burning Angels, Falling Apart At The Seams

2008-- Bill McKay Band, Realm Festival 2008 (live album)

2007-- Double Parked, Double Parked EP

2007-- Double Parked, 6/15/07 (live album)

2005-- Dan Walker + The Sky, Night Owl