I traveled to Ocean City, Md. to see Adam Yarger play at Cowboy Coast. Despite the storm that was rolling through, we had a great time at the concert. Adam played on the outside stage and from the time he plugged his acoustic electric Martin into the amp he had the whole place on their feet and dancing. Some of the cover songs he performed went from Outcast to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Luke Combs. Adam’s vocals were spot on and his voice had a hint of Brantley Gilbert with some Josh Turner mixed in. I highly recommend seeing him perform. Also, check out two of my favorite songs of his “Back Road” and “Find Me Fishing”. Adam has true talent and will have a tour schedule that you will not want to miss!
B Chord – So Adam, I am going to hit you with something that you probably haven’t been asked before. Your logo. I love it. How did it come about? It truly has a rustic country look.
Adam Yarger – Man, I don’t remember where the idea came from. I know I wanted something universal that could stand and out and be put on a business card to a banner. I thought people really like the arrow and the 1994, that is true to my heart because it was the year I was born.
B Chord – So give us a run down on your background, where you came from, how you got into playing music?
Adam Yarger – I loved music growing up and I used to listen to the old stuff like America and Bob Seger. My first concert I ever went to was Aerosmith and I was really into the classic rock and rock scene. It was in high school I heard my first Craig Morgan song and man, I was hooked. I loved it. It seem truly real. It was song that seemed like it could just connect to someone on that level. That is what will make you stand out.
B Chord – So I have a few years on you but when I was in High School, I was the odd man out because I loved country music when they were all listening to Led Zeppelin and Fish. I was hooked as well on that sound. So you are from State College, Pa.?
Adam Yarger – Yeah, I tell people State College because everyone knows where it is but I’m actually from Centre Hall, Pa..
B Chord – Have you played or ventured into the Maryland area a lot?
Adam Yarger – We play down here in Ocean City and the beach a lot. We are going to set up more dates down here because the area has been so good to us.
B Chord – 2015 you released your first EP. I have to tell you I love “Back Road”, did you write that? Can you tell us how that project came about?
Adam Yarger – “Back Road” is a fan favorite and yes I wrote that all by myself. The music video that is on Youtube I did that as well.
B Chord –So the video credit has your name on it. How did that come about?
Adam Yarger – I actually use to have a photography gig in high school so I have a really nice camera. When we did the song I said, why don’t we try to do a video that feels real homey. I showed my hometown and they really like the video.
B Chord – I have a question that about something that I read in your “About Me.” I get to Nashville at least 2-4 times a year and I noticed that you got to play a show with Mo Pitney. Can you tell us a little about that gig? He is a terrific guy and we were able to meet him when he played at the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Adam Yarger – I played with him in early August of last year. I didn’t get to meet him. I was so bummed. I was so busy with getting ready and all I wanted to do was sit and talk to him for a little. Ha. He is only a year older than I am so I would have loved that sit down. Just shows how when you play with an artist you don’t always get that chance.
B Chord – You are currently on tour that has you all over. A lot of artists just run a small circle of states or venues. Give us some insight on that.
Adam Yarger – This weekend I will be in Detroit and Chicago. We just talked to our guy in Iowa and looks like we will be heading back out there very soon as well. We have Colorado in October, we will be all over the place. When the winter time comes I like to do a whole month down in the state of Florida. It is vacation work and I love it!!
B Chord – Favorite venue? One place every time you play you say, wow this is just great.
Adam Yarger – Oh, that would have to be my home town fair, The Grange Fair. I love going and playing it. Last year in August it was a living hell leading up to it. I didn’t have a band a few days before the show, my girlfriend moved out and took a bunch of stuff, ha so there was drama too. It was the best country song ever written! We had 5,000 people show up for the show it was insane. I have been going to that fair since I was 1 month old. I was born in July and was there in August. 23 years and counting and I got to play the stage I saw so many people come up on. It was a real sweet moment for me personally.
B Chord – So lyric wise and the whole package, my favorite song of yours has to be “18”. I have a 19 year old now that put me through a few grey hairs, ha. Tell us about the song.
Adam Yarger – Boy 18 is a wild and crazy age! I love a song that you can connect too and connecting to a personal moment for someone. I put everything and in that and if someone can relate to it, you can make them smile or to another place. Writing a good song could make someone smile, drink or cry. This is the most personal song I have written because I did break my hand as the lyrics say. We would go out behind the family business in the woods and throw down. It was awesome.
B Chord – We have a signature question and we ask everyone the same one. You are stranded on an island and you have one guitar with you. What would it be?
Adam Yarger – It would have to be the Martin custom series I have. We have been all over the country and that guitar is fantastic. I broke a string the other night and re-strung it and you know you start playing to stretch them out. I told my manager this sound is just amazing!! It sounds so good.
Adam is currently working on new music with Dolly Parton’s guitarist, Kent Wells, so make sure you keep your eyes out for it. Below, you will find links for all Adam’s music and social media.
Also, please check out Cowboy Coast the next time you are in Ocean City, Md.. Great venue, terrific food and a great atmosphere!!