Tom Adams


Artist info

Tom is a 3-time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Banjo Player of the Year award and has toured and recorded with some of bluegrass music’s most influential artists of the past 30 years including the Johnson Mountain Boys, the Lynn Morris Band, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Blue Highway, Rhonda Vincent, and Dale Ann Bradley. First gaining national recognition in 1983 for his work with the legendary Jimmy Martin, Tom is recognized as one of the best interpreters and innovators of Scruggs-style banjo playing. Tom’s contribution to the album Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs earned him the 2013 IBMA award for Recorded Instrumental Performance of the Year for the tune Foggy Mountain Rock. Tom has been a banjo instructor at a host of well-known music camps including NashCamp (TN), Banjo Camp North (MA), Midwest Banjo Camp (MI), American Banjo Camp (WA), Sore Fingers Bluegrass (UK), NBCMS Workshop (AB) and Augusta Bluegrass Week (WV). Tom is a regular columnist for Banjo Newsletter magazine, having contributed more than 150 tabs of songs ranging from 50s bluegrass to 70s classic rock in his columns Adams County Banjo and High Five. Teaching banjo full-time online via Skype and at his home studio in south-central Pennsylvania, Tom currently performs on banjo with Springfield Exit and on guitar and vocals with The Travelers.

Year taught2017
DepartmentAmerican Roots
SpecialtyScruggs-Style Bluegrass Banjo

Teaching schedule
Learning to play in the C chord and D chord positions on the BanjoMWF (week 2) 10:00–11:50amUCPC Sunday School Room 12017
Playing solos up-the-neck in G on the BanjoMWF (week 2) 1:00–2:20pmUCPC Sunday School Room 12017
Rolling down-the-neck backup in G on the BanjoTh (week 2) 3:00–4:50pmUCPC Sunday School Room 12017

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