Arthur Adams' CD "Stomp the Floor" has been nominated for the Blues Foundation Award in the category of Soul Blues Album of the Year. The awards will take place on May 5, 2011 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Arthur Adams was born in a small town in Medon, Tennessee; twelve miles from Jackson, Tennessee. Jackson is eighty-four miles north of Memphis, Tennessee. Arthur attended Tennessee State University for one year, then, joined Jimmy Beck's Band in the early sixties. He traveled throughout the south and moved to Los Angeles, California in the late sixties where he began his recording and writing career. His first album "It's Private Tonight" is on Blue Thumb records. "Home Brew" and "Midnight Serenade" are both on Fantasy records. "Back on Track" is on Blind Pig records, and "Soul of the Blues" is on PMRC records.
Arthur has played some of the top blues and jazz festivals in the world. Central Jazz & Blues Festival in Los Angeles, Long Beach Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Pocono Blues Festival, Biscuit & Blues club in San Francisco, B.B. King's Blues clubs in both Hollywood and Memphis, Le Passage Blues Festival in France, Le Meridian Hotel - Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris, Blues Autour Du Zinc in France, Handzame Blues in Brussels, Belgium, Blues Estefette in Utrecht, Holland, Cozy's Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, Harvelles in Los Angeles, Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland, Ritz Carlton Hotels in Los Angeles and Pasadena, Muddy's Club in Germany, Banana Peel in Belgium and Buddy Guy's in Chicago.
Arthur has played and recorded with B.B. King, wrote the song "Mean and Evil" and "Something Up My Sleeve" for B.B. King. He also wrote the song "Love and Peace" for Quincy Jones' grammy award-winning "Walking In Space" album, "Somebody Is Gonna Miss Me" for Sam Cooke on the "Twistin the 'Nite Away" album, "Truck Load of Loving" for Albert King, played guitar on the "Nick of Time" album for Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Smith's album, "Root Down", Jerry Garcia's "Garcia", the Crusaders' "Street Life", Johnnie Guitar Watson, Dr. John and many more. Arthur appears in the movie "Town & Country", starring Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn where played and sang the song "I Can't Stand the Rain".
Arthur's freight train guitar and soul-steeped vocals, combined with his prolific predilection for writing great material (often in conjunction with award-winning composer Will Jennings), are all brilliantly showcased on his Blind Pig debut Back On Track, his first album in two decades. The set features two sparkling duets ("Got You Next To Me" and "The Long Haul") pairing Adams with his principal stylistic influence, the great B.B. King, and his regal presence is quite an honor for his long time friend Arthur.