Born and raised in a small river town in western Illinois, Adam Herman’s songwriting was informed by his roots early on. With a sound that finds itself somewhere in between Jason Isbell’s inward discovery and Chris Stapleton’s soulful delivery, Herman’s songwriting crystallizes aspects of humanity, conveying a keen sense of the gravity in life, while subtly lined with the celebration that is ultimately called for.
The songs are complete, strong from start to finish. Herman employs clever conceptual connections that inhabit the entire tune, and sprinkles in powerful lines that feel like brilliant turn-of-phrase. Even more impressive, they are actually densely packed, plain language. They offer a noticing that can only come from a person with great ability to occasionally slow the world down in a way most of us cannot. Illuminating simple facts and realities that are always there, but rarely fully comprehended. Humbly packaged, these lines knock you on your ass.
Whether as a solo musician or with his band, The Slamming Doors, he has spent the years steadily on the road, playing everything from Theaters, barrooms, festivals, and living rooms. He has shared the stage with acts like Blues Traveler, Trampled By Turtles, Erik Koskinen, Bill Kirchen, and more.
Herman has released two studio albums with his band, Road Beneath the Wheel and St. John’s Dance, a live album, and most recently Brown Bears in early 2021