Lauren Adams began her musical career in 1978 and has since opened for Rita Coolidge and Leon Russell, among others; in addition, she is the founder of the ten-year long music series “The Americana Music Circle” in Los Angeles. On August 19th, the multi-instrumentalist released her latest album, Somewhere Else, a collection that brims with emotion in it’s twelve well-told narratives.
The album begins with the uplifting, harmony-filled “It Takes What It Takes” where she sings, “I won’t give into hate/I’ll fight for love’s sake.” That’s followed by the bluegrass-inspired “Somewhere Else” which, replete with mandolin and upright bass, deals with the realities of a break-up; the folk tale of “Henry (From Saginaw, MI), and “Heavy, Heavy Heart” where Adams’ warm-hearted, gentle vocals deliver the lyrics intimately, striking a chord.
The varied emotions that accompany relationships can be found on a triad of additional tunes: loneliness and yearning permeate the ballad “Miss You,” accepting the end of a relationship is the focus of “The Shoe Fits” while the waltz and accordion of “Oh Marie” tell the tale of a woman who “leads with her heart” and ends up getting hurt.
The album is rounded out by the rocking, playful duet “We Try Harder,” the 70’s feel of “Bayview Drive,” which details the passage of a family over time, and Adams’ rendition of the John Anderson classic, “Seminole Wind.”
If you’re looking for honest, emotional storytelling paired with lovingly sung lyrics and precisely played melodies that leave a mark, the only place to go is Somewhere Else.